Help with literature searching

For help with any aspect of literature searching please contact Rachel Posaner in the library.

HSMC students - you will find further resources on your Canvas pages.


Step by step guide to a effective search strategy

PDF guides

6 steps to a literature search

Understanding the search process as a PDF

Individual databases guides provided by the Main Library including:

  • Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts
  • AMED (Alternative Medicine)
  • Australian Education Index
  • Bankscope
  • Barbour Index Professional Series
  • Beilstein (see Reaxys )
  • British Education Index
  • British Humanities Index
  • British Standards Online
  • Business Electronic Journals
  • CCOHS Web Information Service
  • Company Information
  • Compendex
  • Datastream
  • EBSCO (Business Source Premier)
  • EconLit
  • EmeraldPlus (Full Text)
  • Engineering Databases
  • ERIC
  • FAME
  • Google Scholar & Other Scholarly Search Engines
  • Index Islamicus
  • Index to House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
  • Legal information via LEXIS
  • Market Research
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • News & Newspapers via NEXIS
  • OED
  • OVID Databases (BNI, CAB Abstracts, Medline, EMBASE, Psycinfo)
  • ProQuest
  • Reaxys (formerly Beilstein)
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Web Of Science
  • Westlaw

Training session

Our training sessions can be arranged around your schedule at any time of the day, on a one to one basis or in a group. You can attend your session either in person in the library, over the phone or online using our Virtual Library Clinic. We can also come out to your work place and carry out a group session for you and your colleagues.

For furthur information or to book a session contact Rachel Posaner.

How to carry out a literature search, including the points:

  • how to choose your database
  • how to write a comprehensive search strategy
  • how to perform your search efficiently and effectively
  • how to limit your search
  • how to expand your search
  • how to export your results
  • an introduction to referencing software (this may be done as a separate session)

Using NHS Evidence to search the literature