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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.

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, providing the results of the search to you in an EndNote library.

Assistance is also available for translating the search for additional relevant databases (up to three).

Allow a minimum of six weeks (excluding university holidays), and at least two academic staff are required on the project.  This service is subject to availability, with a maximum of one review per research team at a time.

Please enquire at

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

Premium expert consultant searching service

Available to Deakin staff.  Reviews with grants and protocols will take priority.

Would you like a librarian on your research team?  This service provides you with a dedicated librarian for a negotiated period of time.

Your librarian will be available to work with you and your team, constructing, reviewing, refining and running your searches across multiple databases.  Grey literature searching may also be included.

This service is available by backfill, and is available by negotiation.  Please contact for further information.

Allow two-three weeks full time for search development across multiple databases with an additional week for grey literature searching.

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.