Answered By: Lea Anderton
Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018     Views: 0

1-2-1 request for a literature search


The Library provides a number of resources to help you get started with your research. The My Learning Essentials workshops and online resources are often a good starting point.

We also run a Drop-In Skills Clinics that you can attend at 12-1pm on Wednesdays in the AGLC. The Library staff at these Clinics are able to give advice on a range of issues including how to search databases and conduct literature searches etc. Additionally, on Fridays 2-3pm in the Main Library, there is a Referencing Drop-In that focuses on referencing.

The My Learning Essentials webpages have a range of resources to help you use the databases etc. and also give guidance on academic writing and critical reading.

There are guides for specific databases on the My Learning Essentials pages. These links are to some core resources you may find useful;

Shopping for Information – Introduction to subject guides

Getting Results: Guides to searching databases

Dissertation- The A-Z of literature reviews

Finding the good stuff – evaluating your resources

Search Operators – Refine AND combine OR NOT?

Critical appraisal for medical and health sciences

In addition to the My Learning Essentials resources, there is also a Systematic Review LibGuide that can be found on the A-Z list of Subject Guides. This is primarily aimed at Postgraduate researchers however the LibGuide contains useful information on getting started with Systematic Reviews and includes links to documents that can be printed out. There are also links to other useful websites.

Even if you are not doing a systematic review some of this is applicable to other “systematic” searching. Please look at this LibGuide as it may answer a lot of your questions.

If you wish to send details of your searches to us for advice, the easiest way of sending us your searches is via the Ovid and Ebsco database platforms’ “Ask A Librarian” links (usually at the top right of the database screen). You can also send queries about your searches directly to Teaching and Learning email; uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk  

If you want to see us and the Drop-Ins do not fit in with your timetable, please send us further details of what you require help with, as detailed above, along with your contact details and availability . This enables us to assign your query to the most appropriate person and an appointment can be arranged for a mutually convenient time.

I hope the information is useful to you – do let us know if we can be of further assistance.