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Finding Information training and workshops


Accessing your library resources  - using Library Search

Duration: 17 mins  Recorded Start Training

You can find out more information on how to find print books, ebooks, reading lists, journal articles and how to use your library account on our Library Search help page which contains 3 short videos (total viewing time 17 mins)

  • Search for books, ebooks and reading lists (7.42 min)
  • Search for journal articles (5.16 mins)
  • Manage your account (4.32 mins)

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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.


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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