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Discovering is the literacy which enables learners to develop search strategies and utilise a broad range of generic and discipline specific resource discovery tools. Information discovery might be guided, inquiry based, or serendipitous.

The information you use at university should come from academically credible sources. The tutorials below will help you to find, navigate and effectively use these resources to make academically sound choices.

Discovering information: getting started [workshop]

Aimed at students undertaking their first assessments at University level, this workshop will introduce you to different information sources including StarPlus, the library catalogue, and Reading Lists.

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Accessing your recommended reading [video]

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Using StarPlus: finding resources for your course and research [video]

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Discovering information: a masterclass [workshop]

This workshop will enable you to create an effective search strategy and use databases to discover a manageable set of relevant results for your independent research project.

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Using Scopus [video]

Scopus is a multidisciplinary database, a good starting points for all subjects.

Watch the video above, or see it in Kaltura: Using Scopus

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Database guides

Introductory video guides and written guides to support you getting started with the databases you need for your studies.

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Developing a search strategy [online tutorial]

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Learn how to successfully develop a search strategy, and identify your search terms.

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Discovering and using images, graphs, charts, and figures [workshop]

This workshop covers how to use images and figures effectively in your work including how to discover images and figures that can be reused, how copyright applies to them, and how to attribute creators correctly.

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Discovering and using images, graphs, charts, and figures [online tutorial]

Explore some of the points you need to consider when using images, graphs, charts, and figures in your work and learn how to find images and figures you can use.

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Discovering and using digital archives [workshop]

In this session you will find out more about the digital archive collections the University Library provides access to and how you can get the best out of them.

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Producing a literature review [online tutorial]

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A literature review aims to give an overview of the current scholarly understanding of a particular topic, including any competing theories or perspectives. This guide provides an outline and suggests sources of further advice.

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