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Finding Information training and workshops


Accessing your library resources online

Duration: 21 mins  Recorded Start Training

This presentation provides an overview of how to discover and access online Library content for your research, assignments and dissertations. The session covers how to find resources including e-books, and journals, but also how to access these resources off-campus and find the full-text of journal articles. A PowerPoint version and a transcript of the session are also available alongside this presentation.


Basic literature searching techniques using databases

Duration: 35 mins  Recorded Start Training

This workshop will help you to identify which databases to use for your assignments.  Using the multidisciplinary database Proquest One Academic, you will learn step by step, how to create an effective search strategy using operators, syntax, and filters. This is a Panopto recording of a live webinar.


Basic Literature Searching Techniques (Health Sciences and Medicine)

Duration: 10 mins  Recorded   Start Training


This short recording will help you to identify suitable databases for your assignments, and develop a search strategy. Using the database CINAHL, you will learn how to use Boolean operators and syntax to create an effective search.



Advanced Literature Searching Techniques (Health and Medicine)

Duration: 27 mins  Recorded Start Training

This short recording will help you understand how to find Subject Headings (MESH) to help improve your search strategy using the CINAHL database. Please view the Basic recording first.


Finding Information for your Dissertation or Research Project

Duration: 13 mins  Recorded Start Training

Move away from Google and identify relevant scholarly resources such as journal articles, books, conference proceedings and reports using subject databases and other reliable sources. You will learn about how to improve your search skills, evaluate what you find and manage your references. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop.


Evaluating Information

Duration: 5 mins  Recorded Start Training

This short video about evaluating information, covers the variety of resources that you can use for your assignments.  It will help you to recognise the value of different resources for finding information, and there is a checklist that you can use for selecting information effectively.


Finding information for your assignments: Getting started

Duration: 16 mins  Recorded   Start Training


This short video demonstrates how to get started using the library search tools WebCat and DelphiS. You will learn how to find specific resources such as online journal articles and ebooks, and how to refine your search results.



Finding information for your PhD

Duration: 22 mins  Recorded   Start Training


This recording was made in late 2019 when we were still on campus. Remember that you need the GlobalProtect VPN to access resources while off campus.



Research methods – introduction

Duration: N/A Start Training

Starting out on your research project? Discover the essential information and skills that you will need: working with your supervisor, integrity in research, planning, literature review, time management, and data management.


Search strategies

(University of Southampton Content)

Duration: 16 mins Start Training

By the end of this activity you should should be able to:

-explain what a search strategy is
-idenfity key concepts and key words in a search question
-use search tools and techniques, such as Boolean operators, phrase searching and wildcards

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Subject guides

Duration: 5 mins Start Training

Tutorial which shows you how to find library resources specifically aimed at your subject area using the subject guides on the Library's website.


Subject/thesaurus searching

(University of Southampton Content)

Duration: 6 mins Start Training

This tutorial takes you through some additional tools which will help you to develop your searching skills. It covers subject heading, thesaurus searching and citation searching.


Understanding your reading lists

Duration: 8 mins Start Training

By the end of this activity you should be able to identify the different resources on your reading lists and use tools and approaches to find resources on your reading lists

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