Learning and teaching resources on the topic of finding good quality information and keeping up to date with new publications.
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|Resource title and description||Type|
|Searching beyond your reading list using LibrarySearch|
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques for researching a topic via LibrarySearch.
|Searching beyond your reading list using journal databases|
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques and resources for finding journal literature.
|Keeping your research up-to-date|
This tutorial guides you through the basic procedures for optimising current awareness in your research field. It demonstrates how to set up various types of alerts and highlights a range of other tools and resources to ensure you keep up to date efficiently and effectively.
|Identifying the key ideas to research|
An activity to help identify key ideas or concepts before beginning research.
|Literature searching cycle|
Image illustrating the literature searching cycle.
|Using reliable sources|
This short video suggests a range of good quality, freely available, online sources for finding reliable healthcare-related information. A transcript is available.
|Finding appropriate sources|
This Xerte tutorial is aimed at postgraduate taught level students. It covers:
|Evaluating the evidence: finding good quality information online|
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form and further education students, covers: defining the scope of your research topic, search techniques for getting the best out of Google and search tools and web sites for finding good quality, freely available, information. This tutorial is part of the Evaluating the Evidence suite created to support schools offering the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.
|Google search tips|
A selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via Google.
A transcript is available.
|Creating a mindmap|
A customisable PowerPoint slide featuring an example of how you can create a mindmap to help plan a search for information on a topic.
|Google Scholar – How to access journals off-campus|
This video shows how to access journals while off-campus using Google Scholar.
|Google Scholar – Five top tips|
This video shows five top tips for getting the best out of Google Scholar:
|Finding items on your reading list|
An accompanying text guide is available.
The University Library Service's quick video with top tips on finding information for your studies using the electronic resources available at Cardiff University. It can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh. A transcript is available.