Literature Searching

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Literature searching skills to help you find the information you need for your studies

Finding high quality information to support your studies is crucial to being a successful student. These resources will help you to find the information you need, efficiently and effectively.

 

Identifying sources of information (i-spy tutorial, only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

Learn to identify appropriate places to search for the information you need, including search engines, databases and StudyNet.

 

Systematic searching (i-spy tutorial, only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

Tutorial on developing a search strategy to follow in order to find what you need. 

 

Improving your search results (i-spy tutorial, only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

If your search finds too many or too few references, or perhaps a lot that are not on your topic at all, you need to re-think.  This tutorial will show you some easy ways to find a more relevant list of results.

 

Cited reference searching (i-spy tutorial, only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

Strategies of how to search based on citations found in academic journals and books.

 

Using the Online Library (available only to University of Hertfordshire students)

Screencast about how to use the on-line library.

 

Other screencast videos on using the online library (available only to University of Hertfordshire students)

Various other videos about using the on-line library system.  

 

E-books support (available only to University of Hertfordshire students)

Screencast about how to search for e-books in the on-line library.

 

UH library screencasts on searching (only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

How to use the university system tosearch the CINAHL database for journals; subject searching; general searching for journals; using the library system; and requesting inter Library Loans.  Also health subject resource screencasts. 

 

Finding and using images, video and audio resources (only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

A collection of links for finding these media to support your studies 

 

Finding information

(only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

How to find information for health and social work professionals using electronic information databases

 

Other resources (Nottingham University)

 

Literature review

Conducting a review of the literature in your area of interest, enables you to bring together ideas and findings from a range of different sources and use them to inform your written work.