Available Until 12/31/2024

Selecting and Using Data Extraction Tools for Systematic Reviews (Recording)

Gaelen P. Adam, a member of the team that developed the SRDR+ system for extracting and archiving systematic review data and an author on more than 20 reviews, will show you how you can expand your role in systematic reviews by learning how to find, assess, and use data extraction tools and advise teams on selecting a tool. Members of review teams may be unaware that data extraction tools exist or how to effectively use them. You’ll leave the webinar with powerful knowledge and skills that will significantly increase your value on review teams.

You’ll learn what data extraction tools are and how they work. You’ll explore ways to identify tools using the SR Toolbox, a free online catalog of systematic review tools. You’ll see how to classify tools based on their features and capabilities and gain an overview of the pluses and minuses of commonly used tools (e.g., EPPI Reviewer, Covidence, PICO Portal, as well as Word and Excel, and, of course, SRDR+). Data extraction tool development and refinement is ongoing, and if you understand how to use and evaluate tools, you’ll be able to monitor the literature and use the SR Toolbox to find new tools.

You’ll also learn what to consider when comparing and choosing a tool, incorporating team preferences, the review topic, and team needs. During the session, you’ll work through exercises to define a team’s needs based on cost, usability, product support, and what a team wants from a tool (e.g., flexibility or a prescribed approach, data extraction only or integration with literature identification and meta-analysis).

You’ll end the webinar with a group exercise in SRDR+ that includes designing a simple data extraction form and extracting a single randomized controlled trial into that form.

This webinar is required for Level II of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Find data extraction tools using the SR Toolbox
  • Describe the structure of data extraction tools and list common tool limitations
  • Advise teams on the selection of a data extraction tools
  • Design an extraction form
  • Perform a basic extraction in SRDR+



Health sciences librarians with systematic review experience and any professional on a systematic review team. A working knowledge of the role of data extraction in systematic reviews is recommended but not required.



Gaelen P. Adam photoGaelen P. Adam is a senior research associate and program manager for the Brown University School of Public Health Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). She has contributed to the development of SRDR and now works on the SRDR+ team. She is an author on over 40 publications, including more than 20 systematic reviews.





Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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