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Systematic reviews: Library support available to SVHM staff

Can you help me with a systematic review?

"I'm a staff member at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. I'm doing a systematic review and I was told to contact you. Can you please help?"

  • Yes we can! We have developed extensive online resources, and we also offer individual tutorials on literature searching and using EndNote.
  • We can provide general advice around systematic review processes and access to Covidence software.
  • We also have a limited capacity to co-author some (not all) systematic reviews.

Learn how to create a good search strategy

Extensive online resources on how to search the literature

Individual literature search tutorials (SVHM staff only)

  • 1 hour using a topic of your choice
  • Depending on Covid restrictions tutorials are available either:
    • online via Zoom or Teams - you will need to share your screen OR
    • face to face in the library (Covid-safe delivery)
  • Email us to organise a tutorial. Please include:
    • a contact phone number
    • days and times you are available (between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday)
    • your topic
    • your purpose eg systematic review, presentation etc
  • Please remember that our focus is on teaching you search skills - you will not end up with a finished search strategy for a systematic review

What we can't do:

  • We cannot provide you with written feedback on a search strategy you email to us.
  • We cannot provide you with finished search strategies for a systematic review (with the exception of our limited co-authoring service).

Learn to manage records in EndNote

Online resources

Individual search tutorials (SVHM staff only)

  • 1 hour tutorial
  • Depending on Covid restrictions tutorials are available:
    • online via Zoom or Teams OR
    • face to face in the library (Covid-safe delivery)
  • Email us to organise a tutorial. Please include:
    • a contact phone number
    • days and times you are available (between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday)
    • your purpose eg systematic review, personal research etc

Learn about the systematic review process

Online resources

Individual advice (SVHM staff only)

  • Usually starts with an individual literature search tutorial
  • We can tailor this session to answer other simple questions on systematic review processes, such as record keeping.  
  • Limited follow up consultations may be available (generally one or two 15 minute appointments) to answer specific questions not covered in our online resources.

What we can't do (with the exception of our limited co-authoring service)

  • We cannot commit large amounts of time to multiple consultations about a single review
  • We cannot write the search strategies for you.
  • We cannot provide written feedback to search strategies or other questions you email to us. 

Get access to Covidence systematic review software

Covidence is web based software that simplifies the process of screening references and extracting data for systematic reviews. SVHM has an institutional licence for staff.

Email us to request access.You will then be able to set up reviews and invite co-reviewers, including those from other organisations.

Find out more - https://library.svhm.org.au/systematic-reviews/covidence  

Ask a librarian to co-author

We have a limited capacity to co-author some (not all) systematic reviews with SVHM staff where there is a serious commitment to publication following the PRISMA guidelines. 

Please note that the co-authoring service is not available for study purposes where you are expected to carry out the search process yourself.

Find out more - https://library.svhm.org.au/systematic-reviews/librarian-coauthorship