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Systematic and systematic-like review toolkit

Toolkit of resources to support researchers in the development of systematic and systematic-like reviews

Search support for systematic and systematic-like reviews

Conducting searches for systematic and systematic-like reviews can be a complex process.

Whilst it is useful to develop independent searching skills, you may benefit from the specialist skills of our librarian team in the development of your search.

Browse through the different levels of service the library can provide below:

General Support


Available to all Deakin students and  staff

The Health Team are able to offer individual and small group consultations tailored to your needs. Large group classes are also available by request as is the development of learning objects, subject to appropriate lead time.

Please get in touch with us ( to inquire about a consultation, class or learning object development.


Proof-reading service


Available to Deakin HDR students and to Deakin staff

It always helps to have a second set of eyes.

Deakin Library's Proof-read Service enables you to submit your completed search to a librarian.  We will then check over your search using the PRESS checklist and will provide you with advice on how well your search fits with your research question, with any redundant or missing terms and with general search syntax (logic, spelling and appropriate commands).

Please submit your completed search either in a Word document or Print to PDF from your Search History in the relevant database, then email the document to 

Allow three business days

Librarian acknowledgement welcomed in any reports or research publications, but not required.


Mediated literature searching service


Available to Deakin staff.  For systematic and scoping reviews.  Other reviews by negotiation.

Short on time?  Our mediated literature searching service is available for complex review searches.  One of our librarians will liaise closely with you, and will develop and run a comprehensive search for your research question.

Assistance is also available for translating the search and for grey literature searching.

This service is subject to availability, with a maximum of one review per research team at a time.

Please complete this search request form.

Librarian acknowledgement (or authorship) is required for any resulting reports or research publications.


Premium expert consultant searching service


Available to Deakin staff with funded projects.

Would you like a librarian on your research team?  

Your librarian will be available to work with you and your team, constructing, reviewing, refining and running your searches across multiple databases.  

This service is available is available by negotiation and is subject to availability.  Please complete this search request form for a quote.

Time allowances may vary depending on the complexity of the search, and additional time will be required for additional topics.

Due to the level of intellectual input, librarian authorship is required on any resulting reports or research publications.

For more information about authorship, please see the Australian Research Council authorship guidelines and the Deakin authorship procedure.