Reference Services

Literature Searches

The librarians will search for you on any work-related topic. Just complete the request form.

The Literature Search Service Level Agreement outlines the highest levels of service and quality provided to ACT Health staff, we have broken our participation and services into 3 user options. 

Urgent searches to support clinical care are given a priority. It is sometimes possible to respond within a short time frame for other purposes but this depends on the availability of the librarians. Please phone x43387 and submit the request form to ensure the librarians are able to respond as required.

You will be given a list of references (not the articles themselves). Select the ones that interest you and download or print any full text articles from the e-Journals & e-books listing.

Please contact us if you are working on a search for a systematic review.

NB. Please note: although we cannot perform searches for your university assignments, we can support your literature search skills development - please book a session via our training request form.


Consultancy Services

Advanced Searching

The ACT Health Library offers expanded reference consultation service to departments and staff.

Reference librarians can partner on systematic reviews. Add us to your team (acknowledgement as contributors) and we will design and manage complex, thorough searches in multiple databases and provide results in an EndNote Library.

Librarian’s involvement in the systematic review’s process may include:

  • • advice on defining the question (scope)
  • • identify appropriate sources to search
  • • assist in search strategy development
  • • design and / or run search strategies
  • • provide references in bibliographic software
  • • update the search

Searching to support the product of a systematic review is complex and time consuming - it takes hours to days depending on the topic.

Librarians will provide you with search strategies and results as required by the 2009  PRISMA Statement for Reporting Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of Studies That Evaluate Health Care Interventions: Explanation and Elaboration.

Use of Recommended Search Strategies in Systematic Reviews and the Impact of Librarian Involvement: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Recent Authors - PLOS One - 4 May 2015.

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement.

Submitting a grant proposal? Consider adding a librarian to the project to assist with literature searches and other information management activities.

Contact us to get started: phone, [x43387], chat, email to  or visit us at Building 4, Level 1, Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Canberra.

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