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Literature Searching 

This tutorial uses a series of videos and activities to demonstrate some top tips for enhancing your searching skills. Please note, if you logged into Moodle as a guest, you will not be able to complete the 'test yourself' questions.

This tutorial works through the steps involved in developing and carrying out a successful literature search using biomedical databases. It should take approximately 20-30 minutes.

This UCL Moodle course is available to all UCL students and staff and looks at the skills associated with researching for, and writing an extended piece of work. Module 4 focuses on the literature review, and includes a section on searching for literature.

This lesson is based on UCL Library Services' face-to-face training session 'Introduction to Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews of Interventions'. This is an advanced session that takes literature searching beyond the basics.

The session aims to give students an insight into carrying out a structured, comprehensive, replicable search using biomedical sciences literature databases and focuses on intervention-based systematic reviews. The learning points can readily be applied to other types of systematic review.

You can dip into any section of the lesson but, by following all steps, you will be able to:

    • conduct a preliminary scoping search to gauge the range and depth of existing research on your research idea.
    • create a list of appropriate keywords and terms to use in developing a comprehensive search.
    • carry out a complex, systematic, reproducible search in the MEDLINE database using thesauri and keyword searching, search filters, and other features.
    • understand how to translate a MEDLINE search strategy in order to replicate a search in other databases.
    • evaluate your search strategy.

Critical Appraisal

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UCL Explore Tutorials

UCL Explore (www.ucl.ac.uk/library/explore) is a one-stop service for discovering and accessing all the electronic and printed information resources that are available through UCL Library Services. Watch a brief tutorial and learn how to:

Click on the links below to view the tutorials.   

explore tutorials

Introduction to Searching PubMed

PubMed (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/support-services/library/databases) is a database of references to biomedical research literature from around the world. It is the freely available version of Medline.

Click on the links below to view the tutorials

searching pubmed

Introduction to Searching Embase

Embase (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/support-services/library/databases) is a database of references to biomedical and pharmacological research literature. It complements the PubMed database, providing broader coverage of European research.

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embase tutorials

Introduction to Searching PsycINFO

PsycINFO (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/support-services/library/databases) is a database of references to psychology, behavioural sciences and social sciences research literature.

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psychinfo tutorials

Introduction to Searching the Web of Science

Web of Science (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/support-services/library/databases) is a database of references to multidisciplinary research, covering sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The database includes a citation searching facility.

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was tutorial

Introduction to Searching Scopus

Scopus (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/child-health/support-services/library/databases) is a database of references to research in the fields of science, technology and medicine. The database includes a citation searching facility.
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soups tutorial