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16 December 2022

Doctoral researchers : Finding information for your literature review and beyond (ONLINE)

About this event

Overview: This session enables you to turn ideas into an effective search strategy and statement. It outlines the current information landscape and takes you through the stages involved in deciding upon and developing an appropriate search strategy, as well as enabling you to create a search statement that you can put into practice. You will be able to seek and find research material in an effective and efficient manner using the resources available to you at Loughborough University, but also in the future too. You will be able to test and evaluate the search strategies and statements for your own research topic as well as trying out citation searching techniques and setting up alerts to keep you up-to-date and further develop your knowledge of your research topic.  You will also learn the key skill of critically assessing the results that you can find to further develop your search strategy.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. relate the information landscape to their own research
  2. translate their research question into a search strategy
  3. construct and adapt their search strategies to suit their information needs and circumstances
  4. apply different search techniques, e.g. phrase searching, Boolean operators, truncation, wildcards
  5. recognise the strengths and weaknesses of citations for evaluating information
  6. identify the range of options available to them for obtaining material, e.g. book loans, electronic journal articles, inter-library loans, visiting other libraries
  7. keep up-to-date with new research outputs in their subject of interest
  8. identify sources of help within the University for their information needs 

Other information: This session is recommended for all new research postgraduates and relates to the Researcher Development Framework's Domain A - Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities.:A1 Knowledge base and A2 Cognitive abilities