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Searching: Resources

Detailed guide to searching tips and tricks



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Searching Tuition

Learn about Boolean terms

Find out all about complex searching


Detailed Guides from Oxford Health Well worth a look


Systematic reviews are very thorough and developing a search strategies reflect this complexity.

Detailed guidance from King's College London

Resources for Courses

Always take note of resources  available from your course provider.  - Like  full text access or referencing styles.

Search Tools


See Twitter for information and updates: @DaveEHL or  #SearchWhiteboard 


1: Search Planning Sheet

     Plan your search. Example and form to use

2:  Search Tool

The 'Search WhiteBoard 

For quick, accurate and wide ranging searches

Assemble:  Assemble your terms on a spreadsheet, look up alternatives.  

Select:        Highlight  single or multiple terms in any combination

Search:      Click buttons to search website(s)   Uni  Libraries included - ask if not listed -

                  Selected terms  automatically combined with AND and OR as appropriate

Store:          All searches are recorded

                   This is an Excel Sheet

                    You must save it on your computer before using it - otherwise you'll lose it

INSTRUCTIONS   are on first tab and also HERE -

                              They are work in progress.
                              There is a link on the front page which will also get you the most
                               recent version without needing to come here


Whiteboard Yellow buttons

                                Whiteboard Simple


3:  Frame Search

 Frame Searcher

Quick and Easy Searching  with a simple grid search -and lots of good sites!

Ideal for Essays, Quick Looks and initial scoping searches

Click to DownLoad

                        Frame Searcher :    4 different frames to use with up to

                                                           16 possible banks of customisable sites

                   URLS List Manager  :     Utility to check through the links on the URLs tab



Assemble:  Assemble your terms on a grid. A search string is generated for all terms

Select Site: Choose from 28 websites and search--

No Joy?:  Switch to google site search

Document: Keep a record of your findings in an easy to use Word format

4:  Search Button Sheet

 Search With Cells  ( needed)

Use customisable search buttons to search with the  items on your existing sheets

Copy in Existing Sheets or type your own text     
Use the search buttons to search using your data on the sheet.

Saves time when processing orders, book requests, search results, evidence synthesis

2 Modes:  1 Selected cell(s)  or  2:  Any clipboard text

All frame searcher sites available in customised sets or Alphabetical list..+ Google Site Searching facility


Referencing, Writing and Posters

Referencing Resources:  

Please note that Ref Works will be freely available through NHS Athens very soon

Plymouth Uni  Referencing

Exeter Uni Referencing 

Guidance from Anglia Ruskin  

Full Harvard Guide

-Quick Harvard Guide

More On Referencing


Easy Referencing with Word

See Example Document

(More Word Guides from Reading Uni.)

Essay Writing  

Helpful Guides to Academic Writing - Anglia Ruskin

More help


Microsoft Office Cheat Sheets:  

Word:      PowerPoint     Excel      More

Poster Resources   - see below  

Critical Appraisal Resource

Casp Sheets

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