In this post we explore the process of critical appraisal, types of study and the key areas to examine when appraising a research article.

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Introduction

There’s a lot of research out there. Medline alone provides access to 5000 biomedical journals, with daily updates to the 10 million research articles. Papers may vary in quality, and many will not be relevant to everyday practice.

It’s both impossible and unnecessary to read all of the research published in your field. How can you decide which ones you can safely discard?

Understanding the principles of critical appraisal will equip you with the tools to quickly and efficiently identify…


In this post we will explore the various features of EndNote that support the formatting of references in your writing including changing your referencing style and producing your reference list.

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A book showing footnote citations — used for decoration only
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Introduction

Reference management tools enable you to collect, store, organise and format your references in one place. They allow you to produce bibliographies easily, in a variety of referencing styles.

Once you have collected and organised your references you can start using them. …


In this post we will show you how to install EndNote 20 desktop, register for an EndNote online account and set up a new reference library.

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Introduction

Reference management tools enable you to collect, store, organise and format your references in one place. They allow you to produce bibliographies easily, in a variety of referencing styles. In this post we will explore one of the main reference management tools, EndNote.

The University of Manchester has a site licence for EndNote desktop which is installed on all campus PC clusters. EndNote desktop can also be used in conjunction with EndNote online which is a free web based version.

Tip: If you are unfamiliar…


In this post we explore how to export reference files from different sources to import into your library. We will also show you how to do this manually.

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Introduction

EndNote allows you to import references from a number of sources such as Library Search, databases, Google Scholar and the web.

A lot of academic sources such as Library Search and databases will allow you to export a reference as a file. Occasionally this option may not be available if you want to reference something from the web or social media.

In this post we will show you how to add references to your EndNote desktop library from Library Search and popular…


In this post we will explore the reference management tools supported by University of Manchester Library

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Introduction

Referencing is a way of acknowledging the sources that you have referred to in your work, it is an essential part of your assignments. In this resource we will explore how using a reference management tool can help you.

If you’re not sure what referencing is, you might want to take a look at our online resource ‘Getting started with referencing’ before you go any further.

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Reference management tools

Reference management tools allow you to keep track of the things you have read…


Listen to this podcast to find out which tools we recommend you use for referencing.

Choosing the right reference management tool for you podcast.

If you are unable to listen to the above podcast just read through the transcript below.

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In this podcast I’m going to talk to you about what you need to know about choosing a reference management tool.

Choosing the right reference management tool for you means asking yourself a few questions about how, when and where you work and the technology you work with. The Library supports EndNote Desktop, EndNote Online, and Mendeley. I’ll discuss each in turn, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you might pick one over the others…


In this post we explore the meaning of various terms used in searching and advanced searching of information.

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People searching things on a computer.
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Adjacency tools

Adjacency tools these are used to try and keep multiple words closer together in a search string to avoid them being split up.

For example:Chronic Pain’. Some databases use ADJ between the words, for example, ‘Chronic AJD Pain’ and others use NEXT or NEAR.

You need to check which is used in the help pages of the database you are searching. …


In this post we will explain how you can highlight, make general notes and in-text annotations within sources in your Mendeley library.

Woman sitting reading at a desk.
Woman sitting reading at a desk.
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Introduction

Mendeley is a reference management tool that allows you to save and annotate PDF journal articles and other sources. You can find out more about Mendeley here. A great thing about making notes using Mendeley is that you can access them by signing into your Mendeley account anywhere and view them online.

After adding the PDF of a journal article or other source you can use Mendeley’s note making and highlighting feature to capture your thoughts about the source or to summarise the key points. …


In this post we show you some of the ways you can use video in your teaching, particularly online, without infringing copyright.

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computer monitor showing Netflix selection screen
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  1. Introduction

Introduction

Audio-visual works, such as films and broadcasts are protected by copyright law. Such works are also commonly…


In this post we show you some of the ways you can use images in your teaching, particularly online, without infringing copyright.

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person holding three assorted photographs
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  1. Introduction

Introduction

Images (or artistic works) such as paintings or photographs are subject to copyright, and are commonly used in teaching and learning activities. For example, you may often wish to include a digital image or photograph in your teaching materials, or a figure/diagram from a book in your lecture slides.

This blog post will present some of the ways you can use images in your teaching, particularly online, without needing to obtain permission from the copyright owner.

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Using images/figures from books and journals in your teaching

Images…

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