Covidence: Getting Started

February 29, 2024, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Location: Remote via Zoom. Link will be sent on the morning of the event.

Recordings: This D-Lab workshop will be recorded and made available to UC Berkeley participants for a limited time. Your registration for the event indicates your consent to having any images, comments and chat messages included as part of the video recording materials that are made available.

Date & Time: This workshop runs from 12pm-2pm on:

  • Thursday, February 29

Start Time: D-Lab workshops start 10 minutes after the scheduled start time (“Berkeley Time”). We will admit all participants from the waiting room at that time.

*Rescheduled from February 8


Covidence, a web-based tool licensed by the UC Berkeley Library, helps with your systematic and other literature reviews, which are popular processes to summarize and synthesize literature in your topic of interest. Covidence helps you organize and track progress on your review, from search results to extraction.

In Covidence, you can:

  • Work individually or with a team of reviewers;
  • Import journal article citations;
  • Screen titles and abstracts;
  • Upload full article PDFs;
  • Screen full text;
  • Resolve reviewer conflicts and calculate inter-rater reliability scores;
  • Create forms for critical appraisal;
  • Perform risk of bias tables;
  • Complete data extraction, and;
  • Export a PRISMA flowchart.

This interactive workshop will take you through these steps, starting with creating your UC Berkeley Covidence account. How to add reviewers or make changes mid-review, how to develop exclusion criteria, and how to get help will be covered. There will be plenty of time for Q & A during this session; you are welcome to raise questions about your specific review or review process.

*A @berkeley or @lbl email is needed to use the UC Berkeley Covidence license. However, non-UCB folks are welcome to attend this workshop.

Prerequisites: None.

Workshop Materials:

Software: A @berkeley or @lbl email is needed to use the UC Berkeley Covidence license. However, non-UCB folks are welcome to attend this workshop.

Feedback: After completing the workshop, please provide us feedback using this form

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