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Research Related Development

Developing Systematic Literature Searches

1/2 day

About This Course
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the techniques that will help researchers to develop a more systematic search strategy for literature and systematic reviews. This workshop will be most useful to those undertaking research in biomedical and health sciences or the social sciences.

Who Should Take This Course?
This course should prove to be of particular interest to those:

  • Staff employed on healthcare research projects
  • Staff involved in applying for grant applications
  • Staff Supervising doctoral candidates

Outline of Content
The course content is as follows:

  • formulating a focused question;
  • identifying important concepts within the question;
  • identifying search terms to describe those concepts;
  • sensitivity' and 'specificity';
  • Preparation of the search strategy using Boolean operators, truncation, and other key features of strategy development;
  • literature search methodology;
  • approaches to verifying the performance of the strategy.

The learners will be encouraged to relate the techniques explored directly to their research topic and there will be opportunities to discuss specific issues encountered.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, it is expected that learners will be able to:

  • understand the difference between background versus foreground questions;
  • convert the need for information into an answerable question;
  • identify important concepts within a research question and capture search terms to describe those concepts;
  • identify appropriate information resources to search;
  • search effectively applying advance search techniques;
  • document the search process

02 February 2016

Training Room 1, Julian Hodge Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
09:30 - 12:30

To book a place on this date please submit your booking request via Core Portal*
*Please note you will need to inform your line manager of your training request so that they can authorise it in the Core Portal. No automated email will be sent notifying them of pending training requests.

Provider: HUMRS
Target Audience: S