Fast Track: literature searching & reference management

Code: LIB100, Offered By: Research Study Skills


This Fast Track workshop combines content from Tools for literature searching (LIB101) and Introduction to EndNote (LIB102), so if you have attended either of these workshops in the past you may not wish to attend.

You will have the opportunity to use and evaluate a range of literature searching tools to help find journal papers, books and other types of information for your research.  The workshop will also introduce EndNote Online reference management software, to help you collect and organise references and format citations and bibliographies.

This will be a practical session with support from Library staff, and will last for 4 hours, including breaks. 

Recommended for:

Researchers starting their literature review, or wishing to refresh their literature searching skills, and those with no prior experience of using EndNote.


The key aims of the training are:

  • To introduce a range of literature searching tools provided by the University Library, and provide opportunities to use and evaluate them with support from Library staff.
  • To introduce EndNote Online as a tool for collecting, storing and managing bibliographic references and adding citations and bibliographies in Word.  

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to :

  • use StarPlus, the Library catalogue, as a literature search tool
  • use online citation databases (Web of Science & Scopus) and the merits of each in relation to your own research
  • find and use specialist databases relevant to your subject area
  • create an EndNote account and download references from online databases 
  • format citations and bibliographies in Word using appropriate referencing styles

Teaching Methods:

Practical workshop with support from Library staff


There will be no formal assessment. We suggest you use the objectives and learning outcomes above to reflect on what you have learned in this session and record this in your DDP e-portfolio.

Other Information

Before the session, you may find it helpful to consider which referencing styles are used in your discipline - you can check this using the Library‚Äôs referencing tutorials

If you would like to learn more about EndNote prior to the session, or if you are unable to book a place on the session of your choice, you can find workbooks and supporting materials on the Library's Information Skills Resource for Researchers.

For help with your literature review, you may wish to visit our online guidance on searching for information, and our support for literature reviews.  

You can also contact your librarian for further support.

Staff Contact

Brenda Steel, Emily Stock, Liam Bullingham & Peter Barr  


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