Systematic reviews, scoping reviews and other evidence syntheses require good quality, transparent and reproducible searches.
Deakin's evidence synthesis service offers a range of mechanisms to both develop skills in systematic searching and in partnering with researchers to develop searches for reviews.
Please be aware that the following work must be undertaken by Deakin students and researchers:
Check out the table below for a summary of the resources and services Deakin Library provides to particular groups around evidence synthesis (systematic searching).
|Deakin Library resources and services
|All Deakin students and staff
|Deakin honours and HDR students
|Online guides (self-directed learning)
|Online modules (self-directed learning)
|Recorded training sessions (self-directed learning)
|Broad advice for techniques for identifying suitable search terms
|Broad advice for using search syntax and functions
|Broad advice around database selection
|Broad advice around search translation
|Specific advice around search troubleshooting
|Peer review of one finalised search per project team (focus on search syntax)
|Premium mediated search
Evidence synthesis services have been catalogued as a series of tiers:
Click on the plus (+) icons below to find out further informtion about the range of resources and services Deakin Library offers to support evidence synthesis (systematic searching).
Self-directed learning resources are available to all Deakin researchers, students and staff.
Deakin Library has developed a variety of resources on systematic searching that can be explored and managed in your own time.
Check out the resources listed below:
Recorded training sessions
Consultations are available to:
Deakin Library can provide:
Please contact your librarian and clearly state the search concerns you are experiencing.
In your email please provide the following:
Deakin Library staff require a minimum of 2 business days to process a query and determine if a consultation is required.
1-2 hour workshops are available to:
Deakin Library workshops present an overview of systematic searching and advanced search functions. Library staff will lead research students and staff through a group session that builds skills in these areas.
A request for a workshop requires a minimum of 10 business days’ notice.
Proofread of a completed search for one database per review question is available to research teams.
Deakin Library proofread of a completed search primarily focuses on proof reading for typos and any syntax errors in a completed search for one database. Search term selection remains the responsibility of the research team.
A request for a proofread of a completed search requires attaching a copy of your search strategy to the proofread request form. Proofread requests will be responded to in a minimum of 3 business days.
Mediated search is available for research teams conducting systematic reviews, scoping reviews or other evidence syntheses.
15 hours (including up to 3 consultations) are available for this service. Searches requiring additional time will be returned to the research team for completion.
The mediated search service is available to research teams, subject to Library staff capacity.
Working closely with the research team, a librarian will design a search for one review question for one database.
The research team is responsible for providing the following:
The librarian will use this information and consult closely with the research team to design the search.
Advice is available for search design for one additional research question and for translation into up to two additional databases.
One mediated search is available at a time per research team. A minimum of 2 academic team members is required.
Librarian acknowledgement required for any research outputs associated with the search (depending on level of librarian contribution).
A request for a mediated search requires completing the literature search request form. The request form will be responded to in a minimum of 5 business days.
This service is subject to availability and by negotiation only for research teams. A minimum of 2 academic team members is required.
Premium mediated search by librarians is available for research teams conducting systematic reviews, scoping reviews or other evidence syntheses, including for Cochrane, Campbell and JBI reviews.
Allow 6 weeks for delivery of premium mediated search. This includes approximately 15 hours per search (depending on search complexity) and 5-7 hours per translation (depending on search complexity).
The premium mediated search provides the research team with a librarian who will:
The librarian can also contribute to the methods and other relevant parts of research outputs (co-authorship required).
Librarians can advise on finding full text, conducting grey literature searching, handsearching or citation searching but do not carry out these tasks. Librarians are unavailable for screening, appraisal or data extraction.
A request for a premium mediated search requires completing the literature search request form. The request form will be responded to in a minimum of 5 business days. The research team will then have a discussion with Deakin Library staff to determine if a premium mediated search is required.