Contact the Library's Faculty Librarians Team for help and advice on how to find and use information sources for your subject.
Tel. 01524 592516
Before you start searching for information in Library databases, it's always worth spending some time thinking about your search terms before you begin and how these will be combined. This process is known as devising your search strategy. You can then apply this across all of the databases you use. This guide takes you through the key steps in conducting a thorough literature search.
This guide will help students and staff undertaking a thorough review of the literature, for example as part of a dissertation. (Go here for the systematic literature review guide). While many of the examples are drawn from health, medicine and psychology, the principles apply to all subjects.
If you are undertaking a systematic literature review, or a systematic review in Health, Medicine or Clinical Psychology and need to learn more about the literature searching part we have developed a new guide which contains more detailed advice than this one.
This video provides a demonstration of key skills for literature searching such as conducting keyword searches, using subject headings, combining search sets and managing references within databases and in EndNote.