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Literature Searching GuideClick here to chat with a librarian

The Literature Searching guide shows you how to complete an effective literature search from beginning to end. This includes formulating a research question, identifying search terms, searching databases, working with search results, grey literature, and FAQs. Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate through the guide. 

Remember: the Library team provides a range of research support services to Monash Health employees and students. Attend a live webinar, book a research consultation, or request a literature search and get in touch with the Library team if you have any questions.

Literature searches play a fundamental role in evidence-based practice, research, and continuous improvement. Monash Health employees and students engage in many activities which require an effective search for relevant, high-quality literature, including:

  • Involvement in research projects
  • Writing for publication, e.g. literature reviews
  • Updating or developing clinical procedures or guidelines
  • Preparing for a presentation or education session
  • Planning service improvements
  • Completing advanced training or fellowship projects
  • Undertaking health technology assessments (HTAs)
  • Answering complex clinical queries for patient care

Monash Health Library offers a range of library research support services to Monash Health employees and students including research consultations, literature searching, literature summary reports, and co-authorship for publication. Please view the research support services document for specific details and turnaround times. 

Library Research Support Services

Research consultation with a librarian

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a Monash Health librarian for guidance on how to search systematically and incorporate advanced search strategies in your research. 

Book a Research Consultation

Literature Search Service

Monash Health employees may request a literature search from the Library. We will:

  • Review your research question and build an appropriate search strategy.
  • Run the search on relevant databases.
  • Provide you with a list of search results, EndNote Library and/or Covidence workspace.
  • Refine the search strategy further, if needed.
  • Provide a curated summary of the best literature (service improvements, PROMPT procedures and business cases only).

Request a Literature Search

Webinars and Group Training

Monash Health Library provides regular webinars and group training on evidence-based practice. Training related to literature searching includes:

  • Advanced literature searching - with Medline demo
  • Govt reports, guidelines, trial data & more: Finding grey literature
  • Critical appraisal of medical literature
  • EndNote: Demo and Q&A
  • ClinicalKey Database - Search Training
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database – Search Training

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Can’t attend our live webinars?

  • The library has a selection of recorded webinars available in Latte.
  • Consider requesting group training for your team at a time that suits you. 

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