Need help with your literature searching?


You may have a vague memory of me showing you around some fancy online databases and demonstrating how you search them during one of the many induction sessions I ran over the past few weeks. Vague because, well let’s face it, you probably had a lot of stuff thrown at you during the hectic start of term period. I can’t really blame you if you can’t remember every detail from my library inductions, they are a blur for me let alone for you!

I try during my sessions not to go into too much detail about searching our specialised databases. With everything else you have to take in, I feel generally it’s best to introduce you to them but not get too bogged down in all the ways you can exploit these databases to their fullest extent. Consequently, instead of bombarding you during a fairly heavy session, I thought I’d run a couple of dedicated searching sessions a little while after the induction period so we can spend a more quality time looking at our resources.

On 5th November I will be running two sessions on database searching. How to conduct a literature search will be a more detailed look at how you can search our subscribed databases and the ways in which you can use them to help you with this part of the research process. The sessions will predominantly look at EBSCO PsycINFO, as well as ScienceDirect and Scopus. By the end of the session you should be more confident in using these databases to conduct a thorough literature search as well as keeping you on top of the latest research.

The sessions are mainly aimed at postgraduates in the School of Psychology, but anyone is welcome to attend if they feel that the session will be beneficial. Sessions are limited availability and students will need to book to ensure a place (click on one of the ‘book a place’ links below).

Session one: November 5th, 11:00-12:00, SL205 (Stratford Library) [book a place]

Session two: November 5th, 14:00-15:00, SL205 (Stratford Library) [book a place]

If you have any further queries regarding these sessions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email, Twitter or phone.

email: | twitter: @PsycLib_UEL | tel: 020 8223 3140


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  1. Pingback: Literature searching workshop for the School of Psychology | UEL Library – Psychology Blog

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