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Your Librarians


Katrina, Marion, Clare, Stephen, Elen, Alison

Do you know what your topic will be for your dissertation?

  • Yes, definitely

  • Maybe / almost

  • No

What is your dissertation...?

  • “The dissertation will enable you to develop an original piece of work which demonstrates up-to-date and focused knowledge about a particular policy issue. Part of your work will involve identifying this issue or problem, formulating questions about it, and providing coherent and well argued answers to them, by using reliable sources of evidence, correctly and appropriately sourced. “ (ASP300 handbook, 2013)

Before we start....

How will you manage the stuff you find?

  • Keep track of where you searched and what you searched for?

  • Refine your search terms as you go?

  • Save the results that you find?

  • Store the PDFs of material that you use?

Top tips for researching...

Using iFind Discover

  • Read your assignment title a few times.

  • Decide what it is that you need to look for.

  • Write down keywords which describe what you need to find.

  • Think about what filters you need to apply (language, publication date, quality of information).

  • Where are you going to look?

  • How are you going to manage the stuff you find?

Let’s do an example together...

Using iFind Discover

…I’m interested in finding research which looks at female prostitution in England and Wales

Research Topic: female prostitution in England and Wales

Research Topic: female prostitution in England and Wales

Research Topic: female prostitution in England and Wales

What’s your topic?

Where are you going to search?

Where are you going to search...

Google ScholarIBSS


Business Source Complete Reference lists

PubMEDAsk an expert

ASSIASpecific journals you know of (hand searching)

Web of Knowledge Specific websites (eg: Welsh Government)

Have you had any problems accessing Swansea University electronic resources?

  • Yes

  • No

Access via



Not everything

will be


Full Text!



on your



Use iFind Research as your starting point

  • Available through

  • Searches bibliographic databases for journal articles & more

  • Easy to see Full Text results

What did you think?

  • Google Scholar was most useful

  • iFind Research / ASSIA was most useful

  • I struggled to find stuff with both

Disclaimer! – We don’t have full-text access to everything...

No Full Text Access – What can I do?

  • Document Supply Services

  • DALLAS Scheme

  • Visiting other libraries

The first step to doing a literature search is to define your topic & identify the key terms?

  • True

  • False

When creating your search strategy you need to think about…

  • Keywords

  • Synonyms

  • Limits


  • Truncation

  • All of the above

Which of these are valid methods for searching for evidence?

  • Online databases

  • Reference lists

  • Hand searching

  • Contacting authors

  • Internet

  • All of the above

Searching for Psycholog* will identify articles containing Psychology/Psychological/Psychologists etc?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure

Using OR to connect keywords when searching will ensure that either term is selected?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Not sure

When doing a literature review searching once using one database is acceptable

  • True

  • False

Your Librarians


Katrina, Marion, Clare, Stephen, Elen, Alison

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