Successful literature searching requires proficient searching skills and techniques as well as knowledge of the relevant resources. Searching online databases for journal articles and looking more widely for ‘grey literature’, theses and open access resources will help ensure you locate all the relevant material.
Keeping Up to Date
Using research tools to keep informed of the latest news and publications in your subject area will help ensure your knowledge stays up to date. Setting up database search alerts and journal contents page alerts is a good place to start.
Raising your Research Impact & Profile
Resources such as Journal Citation Reports can help you to measure research impact. You may also want to promote your work and enhance your research identity online by using networking sites such as Academia.edu or ResearchGate.
Please note that interface has changed as of December 2015.
Open Access & the REF
Open Access resources may be useful to your research and can be found via sites such as Google Scholar. There is now an HEFCE REF (Research Excellence Framework) requirement for researchers to make their research outputs Open Access through repositories such as WIRE (Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses).