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Support for Literature searches

Search tutorials

Individual and group tutorials are available to SVHM staff and students by appointment. Sessions take one hour and focus on a topic of your choice. Tutorials are generally held in the Carl de Gruchy Library at the Fitzroy campus, but there is some capacity for tutorials at St George's hospital.
Please call +613 9231 2541 to arrange a time that suits you.

Literature searches done for you

SVHM staff can request a literature search for hospital business. Results are emailed in a compressed Endnote library. Request a literature search

Search alerts - ongoing e-mail updates can be set up for specific topics. Very useful for current awareness. Request a search alert

Support for Systematic reviews

We can teach you to search the databases yourself, and provide hints on recording your search methodology and managing results. There is also some capacity for a research librarian to co-author a systematic review for publication. Find out more.

How to search the databases (helpsheets and videos)

How to search Ovid Medline step by step

Note: Although these resources are for Medline, the process will be almost identical for other Ovid databases such as Embase, PsycINFO and Emcare. The main difference is the subject headings.

Video: Searching Ovid Medline step by step

30 minute video taking you through the same search covered in the helpsheet.
Author: Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian.  Last update: 28 September 2016.

How to search the Consolidated Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) step by step

How to search the Cochrane Library using MeSH Terms and phrases. The following video assumes that you have some basic search skills and are familiar with Medline.

Cochrane Library sample search (assumes basic search skills) - Watch 5 min video (23/2/17)

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Basic principles of searching databases - Download PDF (updated 9/2/17)

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SR Accelerator (Polyglot) - translating searches to other databases

Happy with your Medline search strategy and want to translate it into another database? Try SR-Accelerator (Polyglot)

You will always need to check for subject headings that are relevant to each database, but this is a fantastic tool for translating syntax - the commands and punctuation which can differ between databases such as Ovid Medline, CINAHL and the Cochrane Lilbrary.

Copy and paste your Medline (or other database) search line into the Polyglot search box and it will rewrite it for other databases eg:

Ovid Medline (heart or lung or cardiovascular).ti.
CINAHL (EbscoHOST) (TI heart OR TI lung OR TI cardiovascular)
Cochrane Library (heart OR lung OR cardiovascular):ti

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Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian

Carl de Gruchy Library, Fitzroy campus
+613 9231 2541

Literature Searching, Systematic Reviews, Mental Health liaison 
Thursdays, Fridays & alternate Wednesdays
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