The Clinical and Research Support Service is able to provide support to Melbourne Health staff who are undertaking systematic reviews, literature reviews or other forms of knowledge synthesis.
We can provide advice, support & training during the life cycle of your review. This might include:
Checking for existing systematic reviews on your topic
Recommending relevant databases grey literature sources & to be searched
Advising on search strategies
1:1 database instruction consultations
Developing, conducting, & translating the search across selected databases
Applying validated search filters
Searching for relevant grey literature
Delivering search results in an EndNote library (by request)
De-duplication of search results (by request)
Saving the search in a format allowing editing/updating
Updating the search prior to publication
The Search Methodology
Writing the search methodology using PRISMA
Acquiring Full Text
Advising on how to obtain full text articles from the library collection and freely available sources.
To request search assistance, contact our Clinical & Research Support team.
If you have a protocol for your review, please attach a copy with your request.
Our librarians will generally spend from four to eight weeks developing, testing, & completing an initial search as part of the systematic review process, & then will collaborate at need throughout the project. Consequently, only a limited number of systematic reviews can be undertaken in a given timeframe. We will endeavour to assist all staff seeking assistance, however at times, full assistance for new reviews may be limited or postponed.
During the searching phase multiple consultations may be required. Depending on the depth of involvement negotiated, follow up work may also be required at intervals during the process. Although most communication can be conducted via email, face to face consultations will be required.
We request formal acknowledgement if we provide a search strategy that is used unchanged, or largely unchanged, to complete a review.
We request co-authorship if we develop and conduct the literature search, and provide the methodology statement.
The Systematic Review Memorandum of Understanding (file below) must be completed prior to our librarians undertaking support activities.