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How to carry out effective searching for literature reviews

We help you understand and undertake effective searching for literature reviews. Our best practice tutorial includes:

  •  Purposes and complications of literature searching
    We’ll look at the context of how information can found and accessed, and challenges researchers face in the current information landscape.
  • Characteristics of a good search
    Knowing what to aim for is key to getting there, so we’ll discuss both what those characteristics are why they are crucial for producing a good literature review, and important to any literature search activity.
  • Strategies to help you search well
    Explore strategies and tools that help translate the theory into practice.

A recording of this webinar is available here


Adjusting your search for different databases

For a comprehensive literature review, it’s best practice not to just search one database and one database alone. Each database has unique content, and you need to be sure not to introduce bias to your review by missing relevant literature.

This short tutorial focuses on the features to pay attention to help make sure you get the best results possible from each database you use.

A recording of this webinar is available here


What is indexing, what is an A&I database, and why should I care?

Have you ever gone into a subject database and been surprised by the results you’re getting, or not getting?

This short webinar will give researchers a roadmap of A&I databases so they understand the logic and structure behind these powerful search tools. Knowing how something works always helps you use it better!

A recording of this webinar is available here


Understanding the search steps for a comprehensive, unbiased literature review

It is usually easy to find some relevant articles for a literature review, but if you do not take a methodical approach to searching, you risk introducing bias into to your review. This webinar will outline the principles and steps to follow to be confident that your literature review is based on comprehensive array of relevant research.

A recording of this webinar is available here


What is controlled vocabulary and how can it help me find high quality food science literature?

This short webinar explores controlled vocabulary, and how to use it in a search to make your search better, so that you find more of the research literature that you need.

A recording of this webinar is available here


About the presenter

Carol Hollier, Senior Information Literacy and Outreach Manager, IFIS Publishing

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Before joining IFIS, Carol worked as an academic librarian in the UK and USA as a Reference and Instruction Librarian, Academic Subject Librarian, Faculty Team Librarian for Biosciences, and Senior Librarian for Teaching and Learning Support. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Lincoln, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.