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10 May 2022

Doctoral researchers: Expert searching for systematic reviews (in-person event)

Presented By Library Staff

About this event

Target audience:

This course is designed for doctoral and early-career researchers and research staff, considering or conducting a systematic review.

Course outline:

This session will explore how to construct a strong search strategy including using thesauri and indexes to find alternative search terms, advanced search techniques such as phrase and proximity searching. We will discover how to conduct a nested search in a database and how to utilise database options to ensure the search is as comprehensive as possible. The session will include demonstrations and time to practice searching for information on the participants own devices.

Outcomes: Participants will be able to:

  1. Build a thorough search strategy, identifying alternative search terms using thesaurus terms and subject headings.
  2. Appreciate the comprehensive nature of a systematic review search strategy and be able to evaluate others, and their own, search strategy.
  3. Feel confident about using Boolean operators, nesting and advanced search techniques.
  4. Understand the complexities of a comprehensive search and realise the importance of search sets.
  1. Gain experience of conducting a citation search.
  2. Explore features in the databases that will save time and make the search more efficient.
  3. Meet and network with other doctoral researchers from across campus.

Other information: 

  • This session relates to the Researcher Development Framework’s Domain A – Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities: A1 Knowledge base, A2 Cognitive abilities; C1 Professional conduct: D2 Communication and dissemination
  • This course is a practical workshop exploring some of the theory discussed in the online course ‘Planning and finding evidence for your systematic review’, available on the Remote learning for Researchers module on Learn.
  • Please bring with you a fully charged laptop, tablet or mobile device that can access the Internet.