Support with developing search strategies, undertaking Systematic Reviews and keeping up to date with the literature.
Your Information Specialist can guide you through the process of developing a search strategy and applying this to relevant databases in your discipline.
Breaking down a topic into component parts and identifying key words and their synonyms is the foundation upon which Boolean operators can be used to control your search across the literature. You can also use keyboard commands such as * and ? for truncation and wildcard searching. The introductory tutorials below explain the available options.
These tutorials cover the building blocks of search strategy development. Once you are familiar with this process, look at our advanced guide on Systematic Reviews for more thorough guidance and approaches for specific disciplines e.g. Medicine.
True Systematic Reviews are conducted according to a protocol. See our separate guide for information on the different types of systematic reviews and available support: [site under construction]
There are various types of alerts that can be set on databases so that the latest research lands straight in your inbox:
You will be required to create a personal account with the databases beyond the sign in you use as a University member to access the resource in the first place. Therefore, this is a second 'log in' after first authenticating to use the resource.
Create a personal account in Web of Science to set up alerts that will notify you of new publications matching your search terms and alerts for citations for a favourite paper.
Create a personal account in Scopus to set up alerts that will notify you of new publications matching your search terms, new citations for a favourite paper and also author alerts.
Google Scholar Alerts search for new material that has been added to the Google Scholar database, not necessarily newly published material. Unfortunately, this means that date ranges do not work for Google Scholar Alerts. You cannot create alerts for publications from individual sources.
These services can inform you when new issues of journals are available or individual articles via setting your keyword preferences:
Find out how many authors have cited a particular paper. If you have found a useful paper on your topic, a search or analysis of the citing references of this paper can be a useful gauge to determine:
Web of Science and Scopus are the major resources for citation searching:
Scopus doesn't have a separate search function for cited reference searching. Instead, search for your paper or author and the cited by figures will display. You can also view the citations of multiple documents as follows:
For multiple documents: