The University of Sheffield

Information Seeking

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The phases of skill development required to progress in this area are detailed to the left. Take your time to read through and see where you are currently at and where you would like to be.

Think Ahead - click here to go to the University's researcher portal
LMS - click here to go to the Unviersity's Learning Management System to find out courses on offer
DDP portal - click here to go to the University's PGR seminar registration system
Developing Professional Skills for Research Leadership - click here to go to an online learning resource available to enable further exploration and development of leadership skills.

File Description
Vitae publication: The Informed Researcher

A guide to being at the heart of research information consumption and dissemination with tips on how to plan your research.

Resource Description
Producing a literature review

The UoS Library: Guide to creating a literature review

Getting started with your Systematic Review: Finding the evidence

The UoS Library: Guide to producing a systematic review

Effective Internet Searching

The UoS Library: An overview of Internet searches, Google's strengths and weaknesses, Google tips and alternatives to Google

Using Databases

The UoS Library: General tutorial on database search strategies and guides to the two main multidiscplinary databases: Scopus and Web of Science

Keeping up to date

The UoS Library: Use RSS feeds and NetVibes to set up alerts from journals, databases, news sources and blogs with the minimum of time and effort

Information Literacy course. Topics include; Understanding the information cycle, Working with books, periodicals, databases, and web resources, Identifying your information needs, Choosing search terms, Evaluating resources and Citing sources