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Clinical and Research Support

What we do

The Clinical Librarian Service provides expert assistance to staff and students of Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victorian Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. We offer support in finding and using information.

We support:

  • patient care
  • research
  • quality improvement projects
  • policy, protocol and guideline development
  • professional development activities.


Finding evidence/information

It can be difficult to  find the articles you need amongst the huge volume published each year. The clinical librarians can help.


Literature searches:

We can carry out a high quality literature search to find the latest publications for staff. Use this form on the library website to request a search.  Please provide as much information about your request as you can.


Search Training

We offer one-on-one training or small group sessions on literature searching or how to use a database. 

This link contains help with Advanced Searching in Medline and other databases


Database advice and access

We can advise on where to look for information including choice of databases and sources of grey literature.


If you would like to discuss your search or training needs, contact us on 934 80580


Literature reviews

We assist in developing or doing searches for staff.  For more information on conducting a literature review click here. For reviews being done as part of a qualification (undergraduate, postgraduate or professional) we do not supply finished searches. We do provide training, advice and feedback on searches to support the development of your research skills to meet contemporary expectations. This can be delivered as group or individual support.

Contact us to make an appointment.


Research support

Systematic reviews.

The Clinical Librarian Service can assist and advise with systematic reviews. See the Systematic Reviews tab (left of page) for more information. 

Peer review of search strategies (may be required by external/assessment bodies).

Critical appraisal resources

-see our guide here.

Research impact


Current awareness

Stay up to date with current developments in your areas of interest. Get new material delivered straight to your inbox. The clinical librarians can advise or assist on:

  • Electronic table of contents (eTOC's) from preferred journals.
  • Evidence or Subject alerts.  Tailor alerts to your specific interests.
  • Browzine - read the latest editions of your favourite journals on your desktop, tablet or smartphone.

For more information visit out Current Awareness page.


Professional development

We attend journal clubs, in-services or departmental meetings to provide advice or training on topics such as literature searching, finding evidence etc. Contact us