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Learning Development: Training and guidance

Literature searching

On completion of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Find books and journal articles using the Library website
  • Create an effective search strategy
  • Know how to locate the full text of journal articles.


Find out how to reference different types of information sources in your assignments in the following styles:

  • APA
  • Harvard
  • OSCOLA  

Managing your references with RefWorks

  • An introduction to the reference management software RefWorks 
  • Find out how to export and add references
  • Organise your references in folders
  • Create a reference list/bibliography

Managing your references with EndNote

  • An introduction to the EndNote reference management software
  • Find out how to manage and organise your references
  • Create reference lists/bibliographies

Search strategies for systematic reviews

This workshop covers:

  • What is a systematic review?
  • Key features of the systematic review process
  • Identifying appropriate databases, keywords and subject headings (e.g. MeSH)
  • Planning a search using the PICO and SPICE frameworks
  • Building an effective search strategy
  • Search techniques including truncation, wildcards and proximity operators
  • Translating searches across different databases

Legal resources

On completion of this workshop you should:

  • Be familiar with the main legal databases
  • Know how to search for cases and legislation using the legal databases
  • Identify authoritative legal information that is freely available on the internet