Research support

FirstFrame If you're participating in an innovation scholarship project, developing a guideline, undertaking a systematic review or meta-analysis, or are a higher degree student, Librarians can support you or your team in the following ways:
  • Develop a research question that is clear, focused and related to the topic of interest
  • Identify existing systematic reviews on a topic
  • Recommend appropriate databases
  • Review existing search strategies
  • Develop search strategies for each database
  • Execute searches across multiple databases
  • Deduplicate and provide citations, e.g. using EndNote
  • Provide assistance and advise with screening records, e.g. using Covidence
  • Assist with locating full-text articles
  • Provide a narrative of the search methodology, including PRISMA flow charts
  • Contribute to the manuscript/report as a co-author
  • Document search strategies
  • Update searches as required.

Librarians as co-authors in systematic reviews screencast
(5 mins)

The Journal of Clinical Epidemiology presents:

Melissa L Rethlefsen
Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah


Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews.
Rethlefsen ML, Farrell AM, Osterhaus Trzasko LC, Brigham TJ.
J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;68(6):617-26.
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Ensuring quality as the basis of evidence synthesis: leveraging information specialists' knowledge, skills, and expertise.
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Angela Smith
Liaison Librarian, HNE Health Libraries
John Hunter Hospital

Join Angela and Dr Kerith Duncanson (Rural Research Education Manager, HETI) in a self-paced Systematic Review Course.  The aim of this skill development course is to step participants through the processes of a systematic literature search, study selection, data extraction and writing up of a review for publication, or to inform policy or health service practice.




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