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15 March 2022

Doctoral researchers: Expert searching STEM (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 working in STEM disciplines who want to improve the effectiveness of their literature searching.

Course outline: 

The course will commence with a quick refresher on keyword and phrase searching and then explore searching thesauri and indexes, proximity searching, combining answer sets, nesting and saving searches. Resources appropriate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will be discovered and techniques to exploit these resources will be developed, helping to improve comprehensiveness and help reduce irrelevant search results.

Outcomes  –  Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply new techniques to improve searching, including using thesaurus terms
  2. Feel confident about using Boolean operators, nesting and proximity searching.
  3. Gain experience working with search sets and a search history.
  4. Explore author searching and other field searching techniques.
  5. Discover appropriate resources for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  6. Meet and network with other doctoral researchers from across campus.

Additional information:

This session relates to the Researcher Development Framework’s Domain A1 Knowledge base, A3 Creativity; C1 Professional conduct and D2 Communication and dissemination.

Other information:

  • The Library runs a separate course on ‘Finding Information for your literature review and beyond’ and offers a basic introduction to searching databases and the strategies used to search comprehensively, this is useful to attend prior to attending the Expert Searching session.
  • Please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet for searching the Internet.