Literature searching and reading 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 to: search 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 for nurses
- Finding Information for health professionals
- Finding Information for Social Work students
(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)
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.
A variety of resources to enhance your critical reading and thinking skills
Use these resources to help you to develop critical thinking and reading skills to inform your written work. Reading widely will help you to understand your subject more fully and expose you to different academic writing styles. This in turn will help you to improve your own writing.
Thinking critically (i-spy tutorial, available only to University of Hertfordshire students)
Thinking critically involves questioning what you see and hear, evaluating, categorising and finding relationships. It also means spotting the gaps and the false assumptions in an argument.
Recognising bias (i-spy tutorial, available only to University of Hertfordshire students)
It is important that you can recognise bias in all its forms so that you can critique the work of others objectively and fairly. Bias arises in multiple ways, for example an author may seem to be favouring one particular group of people, or to be prejudiced against another. Bias can also arise in research for example where the findings have been unduly influenced by the researcher’s own beliefs and values.
Evaluating and verifying (i-spy tutorial, available only to University of Hertfordshire students)
Evaluation involves making an informed judgement about the value of something. This resource teaches skills around evaluating text, videos or audio.
The information in this link will help you to read efficiently in order to write academically. The skills of scanning, surveying, skimming text and using a title are discussed, as well as getting to understand text and read critically.