This series of information skills guides provides an introduction to basic literature searching and advanced database searching.
- Advanced searching through the COT ejournal platform
- Basic searching on the COT ejournal platform
- CINAHL and Medline: searching these databases on the EBSCOHOST platform
- Identifying and using search terms: The aim of this guide is to help you think of alternative search terms/ keywords to use when searching journal databases for articles about specific subjects
- Keeping up-to-date with health and social care developments - current awareness: Browse the 'news' or 'what's new' sections of selected websites and also sign up for any email current awareness bulletins or journal table of contents (TOCs)
- Referencing for COT Publications: The Referencing Process
(An overview of the referencing process)
- Referencing for COT Publications: Referencing Style
This document is the one that may be of most use to you on a day to day basis as this contains many examples of references formatted correctly:
- Referencing for COT publications: Appendices
(Provides more detailed explanation of reference format, using the examples included in the second document, Referencing for COT publications: referencing style, as a basis)
- Searching Databases on OvidSP
- Searching for evidence: literature searching
- Searching the COT Library Catalogue
- Using the COT ejournals: a step-by-step guide
- Where to locate a journal article
Includes a practical section to help you identify where the best place is for to get a copy of the article you need, based on your work or study setting
- Google Guide
Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between.
- Internet detective
"Sure, you use the Internet all the time, but you need to wise up to the web when you use it for your university or college work."
Free Internet tutorial to learn to discern the good, the bad and the ugly for your online research.
- Mind mapping
Mapping what we already know we know. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the centre, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added.