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Research Skills: Literature Searching

Materials from Swansea University library's research skills training sessions. These are run for Postgraduate Research students and staff.

Advanced Search Strategies

As part of the literature search for your thesis, you will need to carry out effective and comprehensive searches to find details of books and journal articles as well as less typical sources of information such as conference papers and theses. This session looks at advanced techniques for improving your search strategy to get the most out of database searching as well as 'smarter searching' to help you get more out of Google.

[Updated Apr 2018]

Tracing Theses

Much valuable and current research may not have been formally published - this session will cover the different options for finding and obtaining theses, including databases such as Ethos, Proquest Dissertations & Theses as well as open access theses.

[Updated Jan 2018]

Systematic Reviews

This session will be of particular interest to those in Medicine, Health & Social Sciences who are undertaking a systematic review or similar  in-depth literature searching.  We will look at how you can create effective search strategies, critique search strategies you find and how you can use subject indexes to improve your searches.  We will also look at methods for recording and reporting searches.

[Updated Apr 2018]

How to use EndNote



Citation searching, bibliometrics and altmetrics: clues to quality?

Do you ever feel that an important article is hiding from your keyword searches? Citation searching can be a way of discovering material which you may not find through traditional searching. We will look at how you can use citations in your literature searching, both for discovering and evaluating research. We will also consider bibliometrics, the use of citation counts to measure research quality, and altmetrics, alternative measures of research impact, and how they affect today’s researcher.

[Updated 2017]