Tools for literature searching

Code: LIB101 , Offered By: Research Study Skills


This workshop introduces the literature searching tools provided by the University Library, and provides opportunities to use and evaluate them with support from Library staff.

Search tools included are StarPlus (the Library catalogue), multidisciplinary databases (such as Web of Science, Scopus and Dimensions) and subject-specific databases.

Recommended For

Researchers starting their literature review and those who need to refresh their literature searching skills.

Aims Objectives

The key aims of the training are to:

  • introduce literature search tools to help you find journal papers, books and other types of information for your research

  • provide opportunities to use and evaluate them

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • use StarPlus, the Library search tool

  • use and compare multidisciplinary databases (Web of Science, Scopus and Dimensions)

  • find and use specialist databases relevant to your subject area

  • evaluate the available databases to identify those that will be most useful for literature searching in your discipline

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

If no workshops are available, 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  


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