Strategies and Resources for Searching the Literature

Welcome to this online module related to strategies and resources for searching the literature. The module will explore key resources to use when literature searching, and the features of developing an effective search strategy.

Learning objectives

This module will introduce you to:

  • strategies and search techniques that can be used in your searches
  • how to construct your search query
  • selecting key resources to use in your searches, such as LibrarySearch, Databases, Google Scholar
  • staying current with the literature.
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There are learning activities throughout this module to help you with some practical searching.

This module should take you about 30 minutes to complete.

Work through each section using the navigation footer (i.e. previous/next), or use the contents menu to select a particular section.

Upon completion, please help us improve this module by taking a moment to complete the feedback form provided at the end.

You may also be interested in viewing the additional resources about Literature searching in the Explore Further chapter at the end of this module. Provided is a webinar recorded from the Library’s ‘PhD Up!’ program (now called Research Plus) and associated library guides.


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