Lunchtime sessions: Literature Searching

InfoSkills Lunchtime sessions: Literature Searching – book now!

From Mon 2nd December to Fri 6th December.

Book a place on any session at .

Who should attend:

  • MSC students who do not have literature searching sessions scheduled in your MSc programme timetable: please sign up these sessions.
  • MSc students who have already had literature searching training and want to have a refresher session, you are also welcome to sign up.

IMPORTANT: if you have a library / literature searching session as part of your MSc programme coming up (e.g. Public Health, FPHN, PH4D, TMIH, HPPF) then please attend your course programme sessions instead as these will be targeted to your subject areas: so you do not need to attend these lunchtime sessions.


These sessions are repeated on each day. You can choose to attend Part 1 and Part 2 on the same day as a two-hour session, or attend Part 1 on one day and then Part two on another day. Just choose whichever approach works best for your timetable!

The Lunchtime InfoSkills Sessions cover:

  1. Constructing a Literature Search Strategy. Part 1: search concepts, search terms & building your search:
  • Selecting search concepts & keywords/search terms
  • Choosing the right resources to search (OVID Medline will be the main database used in these sessions)
  • Using Boolean logic to structure an effective search
  • How to use search tools (including truncation, wildcards and proximity searching)
  1. Constructing a Literature Search Strategy. Part 2: subject headings, filters, transferring your search:
  • Subject headings: what are they? Why do you need to use them? How do you include them in your search strategy?
  • Using search filters and limits
  • Running your search & transferring it across databases
  • Finding full text – what if LSHTM library doesn’t have what I need?
  • Planning & managing your information – get organised & save time!

Comments from previous years’ attendees:

“really great course”

“overall very good and very helpful”

“it’s fab”

We will also be running more of the above sessions near the exams in May/June 2020 (details will be made available via the bookings page above nearer the time).

NB – you can still make a one to one appointment with a librarian to discuss your own search strategy.

If you have any questions on the above sessions, please contact us via ServiceDesk or email us at:

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