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Public Health, Risk, Safety & Environment: Literature searching

Starting your literature search

What is a literature search?

A literature search is a systematic and comprehensive search for information. This information will inform, underpin and /or shape your research. 

A literature search will enable you to find out what has already been written in your subject area and identify the main trends. 

The information may be found in books, journal articles, reports, case studies, policy documents, conference proceedings etc.

On this page are some useful books and journal articles to help you get started.

Google Scholar Search Box

Google Scholar Search

Accessing electronic resources

To access our electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, and databases)  you need to sign into MyUniHub first and follow these links:

UniHub > MyUniHub > My Study  > My Library

For help, watch the videos below:

Literature Search Planning Worksheet

Before you start your literature search...

Use the worksheet below to plan your strategy

Planning your literature search in this way should help you work in a more systematic fashion and will provide you with a record of what you have done for when you write up your research methods

Example Search Strategy

The document below provides an example of a planned search strategy for 'Exercise or exercise and diet for preventing type 2 diabetes mellitus’