Literature search and review in MVLS

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Identifying the right source of information for the right purpose
This guide is aimed at new undergraduate students. The guide will help you: - Identify the different types of information available to you - Recognise when to use one information type over another. Best viewed in Slide Show mode. Resource based on 'A new curriculum for information literacy' strand 1.

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Mapping and evaluating information sources
This guide is aimed at students planning a literature search, it follows the resource ‘Formulating a research question and structuring a literature search’. The guide will help you: - Identify appropriate resources for an assignment - Use tools designed to critically appraise the sources of information - Identify the key experts in your field. Best viewed in Slide Show mode. Resource based on 'A new curriculum for information literacy' strand 4.

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Formulating a research question and structuring a literature search
This guide is aimed at students preparing to search for information. The guide will help you: - Formulate a research question from an initial idea or assignment title - Structure your research question into format that you can use to plan a search strategy for internet or bibliographic databases. Best viewed in Slide Show mode. Resource based on 'A new curriculum for information literacy' strand 5.

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Developing literature search strategies
This guide is aimed at students undertaking a literature search, it follows the resource ‘Formulating a research question and structuring a literature search’. The guide will help you develop literature search strategies for resources in your discipline. Best viewed in Slide Show mode. Resource based on 'A new curriculum for information literacy' strand 5.

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Writing a literature review
This resource provides a guide to literature reviews and why they are important. Topics covered include the classification of literature reviews, critical reviews, searching the literature, assessing and synthesising the evidence base, critical appraisal and evaluating literature reviews.

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Searching library databases
This guide provides information on searching key library databases in Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. The searches performed in the videos take you beyond simple textword (keyword) searching and introduce a level of rigour with the addition of subject headings to a search. The processes illustrated are relevant to all types of literature review, although systematic-type searches will need to be a lot more exhaustive in the use of synonyms, acronyms and additionally searching and browsing for relevant subject headings. Refer to the database help text for detailed search guidance for each database.

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Truncation and wildcard crib sheet
Truncation and wildcard crib sheet for key library databases in Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS)

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Introduction to systematic reviews: lecture recording and slides
Lecture recording and slides introducing searching for systematic reviews and presented to Doctorate in Clinical Psychology candidates. This lecture introduces systematic reviews as a literature type and methodology, raises potential issues when developing research questions and search strategies, and highlights sources for further guidance and support. Slides best viewed in Slide Show mode. The resources "Formulating a research question and structuring a literature search" (https://edshare.gla.ac.uk/38/) and "Developing literature search strategies" (https://edshare.gla.ac.uk/76/) cover the elements of literature searching in more detail.

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Systematic review workshop: workshop recording, slides and exercises
Workshop recording, slides and exercises from the systematic review workshop presented to Doctorate in Clinical Psychology candidates. This workshop covers search formulation templates, including developing inclusion and exclusion criteria, undertaking scoping searches and practical searching exercises. Slides best viewed in Slide Show mode. This is the workshop counterpart to the lecture "Introduction to systematic reviews" (https://edshare.gla.ac.uk/135/). The resources "Formulating a research question and structuring a literature search" (https://edshare.gla.ac.uk/38/) and "Developing literature search strategies" (https://edshare.gla.ac.uk/76/) cover the elements of literature searching in more detail.

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Discovering Information and Developing Rigour and Validity in Literature Searches at Doctoral Level
Workshop recording, slides and exercises from Discovering Information and Developing Rigour and Validity in Literature Searches at Doctoral Level. This is a workshop delivered as part of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences Research Training Programme. Please note that watching the class recording and undertaking the exercises does not qualify you for the class credits. The workshop aims are that by the end of the workshop you should… - Understand the various literature review styles available and strengths and weaknesses of each - Be able to structure a search strategy for effective literature searching - Utilise advanced search techniques to find relevant information in your research field - Use basic text mining techniques to improve the precision and sensitivity of searches - Use article data to identify prominent literature and authors within your field.

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Literature search and review in MVLS

A collection of resources designed to aid Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) students, staff and researchers find and use information for assignments and literature reviews.

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