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Information literacy for staff and researchers

  • Are you confident you can find the published literature on your research topic?
  • Can you easily locate something you've read and reference it accurately in your papers?
  • Do you have the latest research at your fingertips?
  • Do you know who is citing your publications?

The information landscape is constantly changing. We can help you keep your information literacy skills up-to-date so that you stay on top of research in your field.

If you have recently joined Cardiff University, your subject librarian will be in touch to arrange a one-to-one or group session to welcome you to Information Services and discuss your area of research.

Further one-to-one help is available at any time and suggestions for tailored sessions for research groups and Schools are always welcomed.  Just contact your subject librarian.

The Information Services for Researchers web pages also provide links to useful resources, guides and training.

Doing your literature review

Researcher working at a laptop in a laboratory

Planning your search

Research Methods in Literature Review tutorial (please check the University Graduate College web page for further information about accessing this module)

 Developing Systematic Literature Searches UGCP workshop

Searching databases and archives

Guides and online tutorials for individual databases



Finding good resources on the web

Enhancing Your Web Searching Skills UGCP workshop


Finding dissertations and theses

Finding Theses Guide

Critically appraising research papers

Critical Appraisal of Healthcare Literature guide

Critical Appraisal of Research Papers UGCP workshops (Qualitative and Quantitative)

Critically Evaluating Academic Papers in Health and Social Sciences HR workshop

 Research Methods in Literature Review tutorial (please check the University Graduate College web page for further information about accessing this module)


Managing information overload

Researcher in his office browsing his bookshelvies thinking "Now where did I read that?".

Storing and managing your references

Citing and referencing tutorials and guides

EndNote and EndNote Web guides

Managing Your References Using EndNote UGCP workshop

 Managing Your References Using EndNote: FurtherTechniques UGCP workshop

EndNote: Managing Your References HR workshop

Avoiding plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism brief online tutorial

Plagiarism and How to Avoid It online tutorial




Keeping up-to-date

Researcher talking to another delegate at a conference. The researcher is saying "Of course the latest research casts doubt on that theory" and the delegate is wondering "How did I miss that?"

Keeping your research up-to-date UGCP workshop

Setting up RSS Feeds from Information Resources guide


Getting your research known

Researcher in office reading a journal in which they are being cited for their work.  The researcher is thinking "cited many times is that now?"

Tools for tracking your research 

Open Access and Citations Workshop: Essential Information for Researchers

Open Access at Cardiff

Copyright guidance