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About Covidence

Covidence is a web-based software program for managing and streamlining systematic reviews:  title/abstract screening, full-text screening, data extraction, and quality assessment. It was designed by researchers familiar with the systematic review process in order to make conducting reviews more efficient.

The OUWB Medical Library maintains a subscription to Covidence.  It is free of charge for all Oakland University faculty, staff and students.

Contact the OUWB Medical Library for assistance in getting started with Covidence, setting up an account, as well as help with your literature search and importing citations.

Phone: 248-370-3772

Creating a Covidence Account / Logging Into Covidence

Covidence - Sign Up or Sign In --

  • Covidence Sign-Up -- First time Covidence user?  You need to first join Covidence with your OU email.
  • Covidence Sign-In / Login -- Already have an account?  Once you have joined, you can log in to create and conduct reviews.

Signup Instructions: The link contains a one-time use 'Accept this invitation' button that will send you to a login page. Please check your spam folder if the email doesn't arrive in a few minutes. From there, you simply need to sign in or sign up for a Covidence account. You'll then be automatically linked to the organizational subscription.





Need help? 

Contact the OUWB Medical Library to assist you with any aspect of Covidence:

Steps of Your Research Project Using Covidence

Steps in the Research Process

A brief overview of your research project using Covidence:

  1. Decide on your research project. 
  2. Gather your team members. 
  3. Identify the concepts and terminology you will be using. 
  4. Contact the OUWB Medical Library for assistance.  
  5. Select the databases that you will be searching.
  6. Once your literature searches have been completed, you should import ALL of the citations retrieved from your database searches.  Covidence will identify any duplicate citations. 
  7. The next step is screening the journal articles using the Title and Abstract.  It is helpful to have your selection criteria (inclusion and exclusion) identified before your start the screening process.  More than one of your team members can work on the screening process. 
  8. You can upload the PDF of the article at any point in the process. 
  9. After the Title / Abstract screening is completed, you can begin the Full-Text PDF review of the articles.

Databases & Resources for Literature Searches

Biomedical Literature:

Discipline / Subject Specific:

Multidisciplinary Databases:

Clinical Trials & Research Registers:

Dissertations & Theses:

Grey Literature (not formerly published in sources such as books or journal articles):

Help with Covidence

Contact the OUWB Medical Library:

Phone: 248-370-3772


Go to the Covidence Help Page -

Contact Covidence directly at