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.
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.
Basic principles of searching databases - Download PDF (updated 9/2/17)
Happy with your Medline search strategy and want to translate it into another database?
You will always need to check for subject headings that are relevant to each database, but Polyglot 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|