Literature Searching and Databases for Social and Historical Sciences
This practical session explores the importance of searching for literature beyond Google Scholar, and looks at the range of library databases available within the Social and Historical Sciences, ranging from key bibliographic databases like SCOPUS, Web of Science and ProQuest resources, to
newspaper archives, theses repositories and using other academic libraries. Students will experience searching these resources themselves, using their own search topics.
This session will cover:
- A brief overview of Explore and how to find material not held at UCL
- Constructing a search strategy for finding relevant information for your research
- How to use multidisciplinary bibliographic databases such as Web of Science and subject-specific sources in a proficient way, with demonstrations and practical time
- Newspaper archives, particularly in seeking current content from Nexis UK and FT.com
- Finding theses and keeping up-to-date with the latest research
- Knowing what to do for further help and advice.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Identify relevant databases for your subject area
- Formulate a search strategy based on a research question
- Utilise search techniques such as Boolean operators, phrase searching and truncation
- Develop an effective literature search independently across a variety of resources
- Output results and locate full text items
- Save searches and alerts
- Know how to seek further help and training in areas such as bibliometrics, RDM, copyright & reference management software.
This event will be held in the Chadwick Building, Room 2.23
- Monday, November 4, 2019
- 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Chadwick Cluster 2.23