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Engineering and the Environment: Material for tutorials

Library sessions for Postgraduates

Induction session for FEE Masters students (MSc AMES: BioMed: Transport) - PGT

Welcome to the Library

New to the University of Southampton?

Spend a few moments getting familiar with key library tools and information for all new students available from our LibGuide.

Online training for PGT students

Before the session please view the following 2 learning activities from Online training:Finding good library stuff online!

  • Finding journal articles and more
  • Search Strategy

Please click on 'Was this training useful?' to leave some feedback

Once you have mastered the basics, the Advanced online training is worth working through.  You can choose to look at any or all of the tutorials, but remember they can be revisited at any time during the year. Some tutorials have audio so don’t forget your headphones!

What is a subject database, and how can it help you with your research?

Go to the Subject guides and subject databases tutorial

  • After watching this tutorial (no headphones needed) find the
  • most relevant subject guide to you
  • the databases & websites YOU think are relevant to your assignment


Subject databases now try one of these...

  • If you are  an AMES & Transport student try the sample search below - use this link to access the FEE library subject guides and choose a relevant database
  • If you are BioMed - use these links to access the FEE library subject guide and the Medicine library subject guide and choose a relevant database for your assignment
  • Tip: if you are using a computer with two screens - drag the sample search LibGuide to one screen so that you can see the instructions and have the database search screen open on the other screen

Testing your knowledge

  • Use your smartphone or equivalent, open a window in any browser and go to
  • Type in the PIN you will be given 

Your feedback

Please complete our short survey to give us your feedback on the whole of the session. The code to include on the online form is: AMESMSc or BioMedMSc


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Sample Searches

1. Do a Topic Search

Using your project topic and the worksheet supplied:

  • Break the topic up into key concepts

  • Think about alternative terms

  • Truncate words if appropriate

  • Enter the SAME search statement into at least 2 databases e.g. Compendex, Inspec, Web of Science, Scopus (using links from Engineering and Environment Subject Guides

  • Look at the Search history and then revise or refine your search if necessary

Use the following example to create your own Search strategy/statement :

Topic: Fuel cells for use in electric cars

Key concepts: fuel cells / electric / cars

Alternative terms: fuel cells: batteries; electric: hybrid; car: automobile; Lead-Acid [type of battery]

Possible truncation: batter* (searches for battery / batteries)

Search statement: (fuel cell or batter*) and (hybrid or electric) and (car* or automobile*)

Example search using the Web of Science:

You are writing a paper on Mechatronics AND (e.g. informatics, robotics, autonomous systems etc)

Choose the INSPEC database NOT all databases

Type Mechatronics AND  (e.g. informatics, robotics, autonomous systems etc)

  •  into the Basic Search box

  • Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Refine results  option on the left hand side.

  • From the "Refine results" go to the "Document Type" limit, select to view Journal articles, Conference Proceedings

  • Scroll down all the Refine Results options and see if there is anything else that you want to use to narrow down your results

  • Go to the top of the results page to "Sort by" to resort your items by date, usage etc from the pull-down menu

  • To begin reviewing your results, select the "View Abstract" for a summary of the article

  • For additional record details, click on the title of each record to view the full record including other keyword options under controlled and uncontrolled indexing

  • Mark any records of interest to save, print, email, cite, export to a reference management system of your choice such as EndNote or Mendeley, or to view selected items later

  • To view the full text, select the “Full Text Finder” and follow the link to the results - look out for pdf or html options. In some cases it may say there is nothing available as either we do not have it electronically (copy the Source details and paste into WebCat)

  • To start a new search, click on Search under Web of Science (top left)



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