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Clinical and Research Support: Services


Smaro Lazarakis | Clinical Librarian

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

ORCID ID 0000-0002-3618-9605

Catherine Voutier | Clinical Librarian

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

ORCID ID 0000-0002-1627-0342

Geoff Hill | Clinical Librarian

ph. 9138 0611

Monday - Friday

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.


Contact us if you would like to discuss your search or training needs.


Literature reviews

We assist in developing or doing searches for staff. 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.


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:

  • initial scoping search to assess literature base 
    • presence/absence of existing reviews on topic
  • advise on useful tools and resources
  • search databases and manage results
  • advise or peer review of search strategies (may be required by external/assessment bodies).
  • Covidence - set up review and import results, introductory tutorial
  • critical appraisal resources - see our guide here
Research Impact - read our guide here


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.  Get regular emails of new publications in your area of interest.
  • 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 provide individual or small group support for in-services or departmental meetings on topics such as literature searching, finding evidence to support professional development and evidence based practice.