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Systematic Reviews for Health: Library Help

A guide on how a Research Librarian can help you during a systematic review process

Library Help

Carrying out a systematic review is a long and elaborate process. The structure and character of a systematic review must be devised by the researcher and supervisor, or research team, as a first step.

Learning & Research Librarians can assist UTAS researchers with the Search for studies step of a systematic review.

Request for Help with Search

Before your first appointment with your Learning & Research Librarian, please work through the Building Search Strategies tab. You may like to work through the example in the guide and think about how these steps would apply to your own topic.

You are then ready to book an appointment with a Learning & Research Librarian. Choose your preferred meeting location and then select Systematic review searching help. Please complete the booking form with as much information as possible. This enables the librarian assisting you with the search strategy to understand the scope and nature of your review.

Alternatively, you may like to fill in the below form:

Search for Studies

The Search for Studies step includes:


The following software may help you in the systematic review process and is available for UTAS researchers:

There is other free and fee-based software available to assist with the systematic review process. The Library does not provide help for these resources.

Systematic Review Process



Templates / Helpsheets


  • Difference PubMed and Medline
  • Advanced search in Medline (Topic analysis, Keyword search using field codes, Advanced operators, MeSH term searching)
  • Using validated search filters
  • Saving your searches and setting up alerts
  • Exporting your search results to EndNote

Need More Help?
Book a consultation with a Learning and Research Librarian or contact