AHRQ offers a fairly new tool for this purpose:  I haven't used it yet myself so can't comment on it.

I know the Cochrane groups use Review Manager.  Again, I haven't used it but have not heard good things about it.

The best method for data extraction IMO depends on how many abstractors you are using.  If only one person is doing it they can probably enter data directly into a web tool like Surveymonkey.  For SRs where we had 2 abstractors working independently, we filled out the forms on paper.  Then we met, went over them together, reconciled any differences & noted them so a kappa could be calculated.  Then a third reviewer entered them into statistical software for analysis.  

In 1 review we had 2 abstractors working independently and entering data directly into Surveymonkey.  That proved very messy once we had to reconcile differences in the data, so I personally would not recommend that approach.

For keeping track of references (exclusion, inclusion etc) I find Endnote w/ or w/o the use of Excel usually gets the job done.

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Those of you with systematic reviews project experience, can you recommend a better collaboration and abstracting tool than EndNote(which really isn't one at all)?  Thank you!

Melissa Gustafson, MLIS
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