About the College and Research Services Librarians:
We are a small team dedicated to working with Staff, Ph.D. Candidates and students enrolled in the Masters by Research Degree.
We offer workshops, HDR Inductions, one on one appointments, literature and systematic review support, research and advanced searching consultations.
We are offering all of our services ONLINE!
Book a one on one ONLINE appointment with a research librarian to discuss your literature reviews, systematic reviews, and advanced searching techniques. We are great online & are happy to meet you via Skype, Teams, Collaborate, Webex, Zoom - or just let us know - and we can make a face to face session and meet you ONLINE, or if you provide your preferred phone number on the booking form; we are happy to call you at the appointed time. Lastly, you can book a Library induction session tailored to HDRs.
Book an appointment via the bookings calendar:
College and Research Services Librarians support the Flinders University research community in their undertaking of Systematic Review activity through the provision of training, workshops, and 1:1 consultations. This document provides a model that details the extent to which this team can support requests from across the research community. It is based on a three-tier model that has been well established at other academic institutions such as Sydney University and Stanford University.
The three levels of service are as follows:
Please be aware that all requests are dependent on team capacity and workloads and that we may need to defer some requests if necessary.
College and Research Services Librarians
A number of sources were consulted in preparing these guidelines, both national and international, with particular reference to the University of Sydney Library, see https://library.sydney.edu.au/research/downloads/sr-servicecharter.pdf
Before meeting with us, please consider the following questions.
Is a systematic review required?
A systematic review is a specific research methodology with well-defined, internationally accepted characteristics. These are clearly described in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Please check the handbook definition before proceeding.
College and Research Services Librarians can assist with systematic literature searching for both systematic reviews and literature reviews being undertaken by academics, researchers and HDR students. Please use our online booking form to make an appointment.
The Library services team can help with literature searching and literature reviews being undertaken by undergraduates and Masters by course students.
Has a systematic review already been done on your topic?
Before embarking on a systematic review, it’s important to first check that a review hasn’t already been done on your topic. Use the databases most appropriate to your subject area and/or Google Scholar to check for systematic reviews in your area. You should also check for registered systematic review protocols lodged with Prospero, JBI EBP Database, and the Cochrane Library.
Are you familiar with existing standards/methodologies for systematic reviews?
There are established standards and methods for conducting and reporting systematic reviews. Familiarising yourself with these in advance of beginning the review will ensure you produce a review of acceptable quality.
• The Institute of Medicine’s standards for systematic reviews
• Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA statement)
• CASP systematic review critical appraisal checklist
• Cochrane Handbook (2011 ed.)
• JBI Reviewers’ Manual (2014 ed.)
• The EPPI-Centre’s ‘An introduction to systematic reviews’
Do you have the time and resources required to conduct a high quality systematic review?
Workload and timeframes
A systematic review is a large, complex undertaking that will most probably take many months to complete.
For example, unless your topic is very narrow or newly emerging, you can reasonably expect to have to download, deduplicate, and review for relevance hundreds, if not thousands, of citations once the searches have been executed. This can be a time-consuming process.
Access to, and familiarity with, citation management software is crucial to systematic review work. EndNote is the product made available to Flinders University staff and students. It can be accessed on-campus and/or downloaded onto a personal computer. The Student Learning Centre provides EndNote training..
Is your systematic review intended for publication?
If the goal is to publish your review, to which journal do you intend to submit?
The editorial policy of your target journal may set out clear guidelines on the submission of systematic reviews. These guidelines may influence your methodology and how you report the review.
Will your systematic review inform your PhD research?
If your systematic review is intended to inform PhD research, librarians can provide training and advice on search strategies and database translation. Librarians can also advise on how to set up autoalerts to automatically harvest any new studies published during the course of your candidature. In accordance with the University’s academic integrity policy they are not able to conduct the searches and translate into multiple sources.
Flinders College and Research Services Librarians are here to support Flinders Researchers.
You may benefit from a personalised research consultation if you are undertaking a Systematic or Literature Review and are:
Appointments are 1 hour and can be face-to-face, by phone or online via Skype
Document delivery: Found a resource that is not in the library?
Recommend a resource: If we don't have what you need, you can make a recommendation for the library to purchase the item.
We provide a variety of free ONLINE research skills workshops throughout the year to help you hone your research skills & get the most out of the library AND its librarians. Click the link below to learn more about our workshops and how we can help you.