The PRISMA Statement is the key guideline for reporting on the results of your literature search. PRISMA provides a checklist and a template flow diagram:
Groups that publish systematic reviews have their own criteria for accepting reviews.
Legacy RefWorks or other citation management software is very helpful for managing and deduplicating search results. Please see the documents below for step-by-step guidance with using Legacy RefWorks for a systematic review.
Note: Some databases place limitations on how many results you can export at once to RefWorks. For instance, in Ovid the limit is 2000, but it's better to limit to batches of 1000 at a time.
There are many other citation management programs available besides RefWorks. UBC Library offers support for Mendeley and Zotero. EndNote is another popular option.
Zotero and Mendeley have been found to have some limitations for systematic reviews. Notably:
Review Manager (RevMan) software is used for developing Cochrane systematic reviews. It's free and anyone can use it. It can help structure a review, build tables of included and excluded studies, and perform meta-analysis of study data. More details on using RevMan are available under the Statistics tab above.