Tools and Software for Researchers

EPCs, the Scientific Resource Center, and other AHRQ-funded entities have produced tools and software to aid researchers.

SRC Information Resource Services:

  • SRC Methods Library (Citation Database of Evidence Synthesis Methods and More).
  •—Evidence Synthesis Methods Searching Tool.
  • Article Alert (Free Email Alert Service of New Evidence Synthesis Methods Publications).

Abstrackr: Software for Semi-Automatic Citation Screening

OpenMetaAnalyst: Powerful Open-Source Software for Meta-Analysis

mmeta: Exact Bayesian Inference for Multivariate Meta-analysis of Binary Outcomes

Systematic Review Data Repository

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SRC Methods Library (SRCML)

Finding evidence synthesis methods papers made easier. The evidence review community needs a one-stop source to keep abreast of new and existing methodologies to inform their work (i.e., systematic reviews, meta-analyses, comparative effectiveness reviews, health technology assessments, guidelines, etc.).

The SRCML provides access to the international methods literature, offering specialized searching capabilities, and links to free full text (when available), PubMed, and publisher Web sites. In addition to the citations available via the PubMed search tool (described below), the full SRCML contains citations from non-medical fields and more publication types (comments, dissertations, books, etc.).

Keyword Only Searching (no login required, updated daily)

Full Searching (Login: EPC-SRCMethods  | password: methods, updated weekly)

PubMed.govEvidence Synthesis Methods Searching Tool

Easily limit your PubMed search results to evidence synthesis methods papers using a searching tool developed by the SRC and PubMed. The PubMed evidence synthesis methods tool helps searchers zero in on publications to inform and support synthesis processes. The tool limits search results to the methods for, or evaluation of, any step in doing or using evidence reviews/syntheses. It also includes citations on primary study methods to improve understanding of how these affect evidence syntheses.

The scope covers both methods research and guidance from organizations. The publications include citations to journal articles as well as full-text documents at PubMed. 

Methods research studies include:

  • Comparative evaluations of techniques.
  • Development, evaluation, or validation of a technique.
  • Analyses of the methods used by studies.
  • Consensus and Delphi studies and surveys of methods.
  • Systematic reviews of these studies are also included.
How to use the systematic review methods subset in PubMed

Enter this in the search box: sysrev_methods[sb]  AND  insert your search term(s) here.

For example, go to the results of this search: sysrev_methods [sb] AND "network meta-analysis"

For further subset information, please visit these National Library of Medicine Web pages:

Article Alert

Want to keep up-to-date with new methods papers being published? The free Article Alert service delivers a weekly email to your inbox containing current articles recently added to the SRCML on all aspects of systematic review, comparative effectiveness review, health technology assessment, guideline, and quantitative and qualitative synthesis methodologies. Article Alert has the following benefits:

  • Medical, psychological, educational, etc., methodology research literatures covered.
  • Curated by our seasoned research staff from a wide array of sources: PubMed, journal table of contents, author alerts, bibliographies, and prominent international methodology Web sites.
  • 20 citations/week on average.
  • Saves you time AND keeps you up to date on the latest research.

Article Alert records include:

  • Citation information/abstract.
  • Links: PMID (PubMed ID) and DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • Free Full Text: PubMed Central or publisher link (when available).
How To Subscribe

Complete our online subscription form


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Want to peruse past Article Alert issues? 

Check out our Article Alert Archive

Page last reviewed January 2017
Page originally created June 2015
Internet Citation: Tools and Software for Researchers. Content last reviewed January 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.