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Smarter searching with library databases

How do I attend?

Go to Smarter searching with library databases and select 'Join Room' located at the bottom of the page. The room remains closed until the trainer has entered - this will usually be 15 minutes before the start time.


This 45 minute interactive session will go beyond Library Search and introduce you to library databases. We will explain why you would want to use a database, rather than a broader search tool such as Library Search, for finding resources. You will learn how to access library databases, how to take advantage of the functionality they offer, and how to devise a proper search technique.

Who's it for?

Suitable for level 3 and post graduate students who are required to carry out a literature search to discover what academic information exists on a topic.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • identify key search terms from your research topic and expand these using synonyms
  • understand how to use effective search techniques, such as Boolean searching, in building a search statement
  • understand the functionality offered by databases in filtering, saving and exporting your results

Downloads and further help

A copy of the slides and an accompanying handout are available for this session

The following online resources provide additional information and guidance:


Upcoming Online Training Sessions

Jul 24

Wed, 24/07/2024 - 19:30

Aug 29

Thu, 29/08/2024 - 20:00

Oct 16

Wed, 16/10/2024 - 19:30