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Best Practice for Literature Searching

Wed, 7 October, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  Add to calendar


  • Online via Zoom

To do a thorough literature search on your topic, you need to develop a great search strategy. Learn how a systematic search strategy can help you more efficiently find resources on your topic. 

What will you learn? 

This workshop will show you how to: 

  • Be methodical and organised in your literature searching, 
  • Break down your research topic into key concepts, 
  • Turn your key concepts into search terms and alternative terms (synonyms) 
  • Develop your search strategy using Boolean operators, 
  • Use key databases to locate journal articles on your topic, 
  • Modify your search strategy when things don’t go according to plan, 
  • Save your searches, 
  • Locate highly cited articles in your research area, 


This session is intended for UTS staff and postgraduate researchers only. 

If you are interested in learning systematic searching skills for systematic and scoping reviews, please refer to our upcoming workshops on systematic searching.

This session will be held online via Zoom. 

RESOURCES from the workshop

Mind Map websites where you can create free mind maps

  • MindMup: https://www.mindmup.com/
    • If you signup for free, you can download your MindMup and save it on your computer. Next time you access MindMup, you can import the saved file and pick up where you left off.
  • Scrapple: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple/overview
    • Someone in the workshop mentioned this as a good tool to create mindmaps as well. Looks like you can download a free trial.

Concept Tables

The recorded workshop


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