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Systematic Reviews - Research Guide


Systematic Review Consultations

The Murdoch University Library provides one-to-one consultations in support of Murdoch University students and staff undertaking systematic reviews.

What to expect in a consultation
Appointments will generally be for an hour at a time.
When booking the initial consultation with a librarian, please provide the following:

  • Research question and protocol
  • Initial search strategy
  • List of databases you have run your initial searches in (and results)
  • Set of key papers expected to be included in the review

This will allow the librarian to prepare and advise you more effectively.

What assistance can the librarian give?

  Student Academic *
Maximum number of research consultations provided Two Three
Guidance on the systematic review process and formulation of research questions Yes Yes
Advice on locating systematic reviews and other resources Yes Yes
Assistance with selection and use of databases Yes Yes
Review and provide general feedback on search strategies Yes Yes
Instruction on use of EndNote and other research software Yes Yes
Identifying appropriate databases and grey literature sources No Yes
Developing or refining research questions No Yes
Formulating search strategies No Yes
Managing search results No Yes
Executing, documenting and updating searches No Yes


* Requires formal acknowledgement of the librarian or the University Library's contribution and the specific activities undertaken will depend on the expected level of participation, by agreement.

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Research Support

Researchers at Murdoch University are supported by the Library and the Research and Innovation Directorate.

Please contact your Subject Librarian to make an appointment for advice on conducting a systematic review, formulating search strategies, and locating other systematic reviews.