Search and discovery

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
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.
Tutorial
Identifying the key ideas to research
An activity to help identify key ideas or concepts before beginning research.
Activity
Literature searching cycle
Image illustrating the literature searching cycle.
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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.
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Finding appropriate sources
This Xerte tutorial is aimed at postgraduate taught level students. It covers:
  • planning a search
  • identifying the key information resources to use
  • effective search techniques
  • how to access full text of documents online, and
  • how to use databases to keep up to date with new publications
If you are not a member of Cardiff University and would like to re-purpose content from this tutorial, please contact ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk.
Tutorial
Evaluating the evidence: finding good quality information online
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form 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.
Tutorial
Rote vs. deep learning
Image comparing rote learning and deep learning.
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Finding and using eBooks
This video demonstrates how to find and use academic eBooks at Cardiff University, concentrating on using the main eBooks platform - Dawsonera.
Video
Top tips on using the library
Current students dispense handy hints and useful advice in English and Welsh about library resources and services. Aimed especially at new students. A transcript is available.
Video
To Google or not to Google cartoon
Cartoon with the caption '…To Google or not to Google that is the question.'
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Tools for finding online content concept map
Concept map showing key practices associated with finding online content together with links to relevant tools.
Concept map
Adam and Eve cartoon
Adam and Eve cartoon: Cartoon strip with the caption of ‘…with information literacy training we could have researched the hazards of these bloody reptiles!’.
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Top tips on searching Google

A selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via this popular search engine.

The video is also available on YouTube in Welsh and English.

A transcript is available.

Video
LibrarySearch: Articles & More

Video showing how to access and use LibrarySearch Articles & More to find journal articles and more for assignments and research. The video can also be found on YouTube.

Video
Finding the law
Guidance on the key sources for finding information for law research.
Tutorial
Creating a mindmap
A customisable PowerPoint slide featuring an animation of the process of creating a mindmap.
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Creating a search query (magnet board)
An interactive activity which develops skills in composing search queries based upon an example essay title.
Activity
How to access journals off-campus via Google Scholar

This video shows how to access journals while off-campus using Google Scholar.

It can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh.

Video
Google Scholar – top 5 tips

This video shows 5 top tips for getting the best out of Google Scholar.

This video can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh.

Video
Finding items on your reading list

Video giving top tips on finding items on a reading list. The video can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh.

A transcript is available.

Video
Finding information

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.

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