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Advice and Guidance on literature review

UWS Library provides advice, guidance and user education to support the University's research community to find good quality information quickly and use the information ethically in line with University’s Information Literature Framework.

We provide advice, guidance and user education to identify researchers’ information landscape with reference to the information literacy Vitae descriptors.

Using a variety of face-to-face and blended learning techniques (presentations, worksheets and podcasts) we also provide instruction and guidance on:

  • planning your search
  • where to look for information
  • search techniques for finding information quickly
  • evaluating information
  • managing and collating information
  • using information in an ethical manner

Finding information (framework) and evaluating information

Literature search guide - Literature guide developed by Leicester University

SAFARI guide - Open University guide for use of information on digital and printed material

Theses and dissertations

UK: British Library EThOS find UK PhD E-Theses Online Service to find UK PhD theses. 

Need help? Access this guide to find out how to access theses using the British Library EThOS or watch this short video on using PhD theses in research.

Europe: DART-Europe E-theses Portal - provides access to full-text research theses from Europe. 

Worldwide: OATD - Open Access Theses and Dissertations - provides access to full-text research theses worldwide. 

SCONUL and networked libraries

SCONUL Access allows eligible library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. 

British Library provides a range of resources for researchers 

COPAC (Combined University Research Libraries Catalogue) provides free access to the merged online catalogues of over 70 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland. 

CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is a searchable database for open access research outputs

Last updated: 24/07/2017