HCDI63360 Advanced Skills In Aural Rehabilitation CPD 2019–20 Full Year

Getting started with Library Resources, Search Frameworks and Search strategy

This session will introduce researchers to:

- The core library resources — where to find these

- The PICO framework — what this is and how to use it

- Search strategies — how to formulate these and apply these to the databases

The PowerPoint slides are designed to reinforce the points made in a live demonstration of where to find Library Search, Subject guides and My Learning Essentials. The trainer may use the slides as a personal prompt. The researchers will have access to the slides on their blackboard pages.

This group is a small mix of practising audiologists, some are recently qualified and some have not studied for a while. The session is wholly interactive because the small number allows for continued dialogue between the trainer and the individual group members. Group members are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session.

Supporting materials

  • Slides/materials: PowerPoint slides


  • Group: 13 students, 1 trainer

Learning outcomes

  • Know where to find core library resources including Library Search, Subject guides, My Learning Essentials and Specialist Library Support resources

Suggested online resources

Shopping for information: introducing subject databases

Planning ahead: making your search work

Knowing where to look: your search toolkit

Getting Results: Guides to Searching Databases

Search Operators: Refine AND combine OR NOT?

Original Thinking Allowed: Avoiding Plagiarism

Session content

This session takes place early in Semester 2. The purpose is to give a general overview of the library services, and signpost online resources and other sources of help that are available. Ideally, the PowerPoint slides should supplement a live demonstration of specific library resources such as the Library homepage, Library Search and the Subject Guides.

A short demonstration of how to do a very basic search may be carried out, using ComDisDome or PsycInfo. The purpose of this demonstration is to show how to get started with searching, not to introduce complex searching at this stage.


Slides 1–2

This session will cover…

Introduction to Library resources

Structuring your research question using PICO

Searching for information

Skills support from My Learning Essentials

Slides 3–6 — Using Library Resources

Library Search — what this does and how to use it

Explain that Library Search will;

Search books, journals, database abstracts

Save items to your e-shelf

Email references to yourself and others

Export references to Endnote, Mendeley etc.

Copy a reference in your required citation style

Point out the functions on Library Search, such as the E-Bookshelf

Library subject guides and databases — what these are and where to find them

Show the alphabetical list of guides, highlighting the Human Communication and Referencing guides

Using search frameworks — Slides 7 -10

Slides 7–9 — explain what search frameworks are and how PICO is used

A slide entitled ‘Using search frameworks’, with a list of 4 bullet points explaining what they are and what they do.

Slide 10 — Searching, Reading, Reflecting and Writing

Shows that the PICO framework can help with the process of Searching, Reading, Reflecting and Writing

Slides 11–19 Planning your search

PowerPoint image of components of planning a search — What, Where, How (next to a big yellow question mark)

These slides show the process of developing the search strategy based on the title applied to the PICO table

Slide 12 — after showing the title, discuss with the class briefly which related terms they would use in a search strategy then show slides 13–15

PowerPoint image of the assignment title — discuss the implications of hearing loss on the quality of life of older people

Slide 16–19 — Search operators and truncation

PowerPoint slide giving examples (based on hearing and deafness) of how to use the search operators — AND, OR, NOT

Talk through these slides

Slides 20–24 — Searching databases

These slides show the core resources used by Audiology researchers

PowerPoint slide of the names of core audiology databases

Side 25 — Evaluating sources

This is a checklist that is particularly useful if researchers are using grey literature and other sources where quality is not immediately assured

Slides 26–32 — Skills support

These slides show details of the MLE/ SLS and Drop-In services

Slide 33 — End of presentation/ RLUK question

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Internal ID: R20–0670

Written 17 January 2020, edited 23 January 2020

Medium link; https://medium.com/p/16bddfc63990/edit



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