In this post we will explore what to expect in the workshop and what you should do to prepare before you attend.

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Person drawing a mind map which says databases in the middle.
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Introduction

This session is for University of Manchester students. It will be particularly useful for those searching for literature and resources within Medical and Health Sciences databases.

If you are looking for more general support in searching you may find the searching together workshop more useful:

Searching together is an event for students to come together for a fixed amount of time and search for information for your assignments. The aim is to learn and carry out a search strategy on 3 key resources: Library Search; Library databases and Google Scholar.


In this post we will explore how to get started in searching Bloomberg for company information including financial analysis.

Bloomberg Anywhere login screen.
Bloomberg Anywhere login screen.
Bloomberg Anywhere login screen.

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Introduction

Bloomberg primarily covers data on publicly quoted companies, such as Tesco PLC. However it does also have some limited coverage of larger private companies. This instructional post will help you to get started in searching Bloomberg for various types of company information such as directors and financial data.

How do I access Bloomberg Anywhere?

Before you can access Bloomberg Anywhere you will need to register for…


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.

Transcript

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.

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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. …

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