Western Libraries

Knowledge Synthesis: Systematic & Scoping Reviews

Introducing Covidence

Western Libraries is excited to bring an institutional subscription to Covidence, a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews, to the Western Community. 

Western University Librarians can assist with planning and conducting systematic reviews and other types of research reviews. To learn more about conducting systematic reviews at Western, review the rest of our Systematic Reviews Research Guide, or email wlssrteam@uwo.ca. To request an individual or group consultation for your systematic review, please complete our Systematic/Scoping Review Consultation Request Form

Please note Western Libraries subscription is a one year trial with the possibility for renewal based on usage and feedback. 

*Update* Western Libraries will be renewing the Covidence subscription based on extensive usage and positive feedback.  

Joining Western Libraries’ Covidence institutional License

You can create your personal sign in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional subscription. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence, you must use your current Western email address (@uwo.ca).

  1. Go to Western University’s Covidence account sign up page
  2. Enter your information (using your @uwo.ca email address) and click “Request Invitation” link
  3. Accept the invitation in your email
  4. Log in to your existing Covidence account or sign up for a new account
  5. If you have already joined the Western Libraries’ Covidence account, then you can log into Covidence and log in with your email and password and proceed to use Covidence

Creating a review using the Western Libraries unlimited license

After clicking the link “Create new review” you will have the option to use your personal account license or select the Western Libraries account.

Reviews created under the institutional license will be visible to the administrators of the Western Libraries Covidence account. Your personal account review(s) will only be seen by you.

Once you have created a review or accepted an invitation to another Western account review, the title will appear in a separate section on your account homepage:

Getting started with Covidence

Covidence offers short video tutorials in their Knowledge Base to help you get started. All of these videos can be found on the Getting started with Covidence page.

Videos and How To's

Main Steps in Covidence

Covidence has created a number of video tutorials that guide you through the main areas of the application

Need Support?

If you have questions in relation to Western Libraries role and Covidence, please don’t hesitate to contact to Marisa Tippett (marisa.tippett@uwo.ca).

For product support (i.e. questions about how to use the resource), Covidence provides email support available 24 hours per day, and queries are usually answered within 24-48 hours. You can contact Covidence at: support@covidence.org