Systematic Searching

How to approach the huge volume and variety of information sources now available online

Content & learning objectives

In this lesson, you’ll learn about how to search systematically for information that you might need for research, for a literature review, publication, or report. Compiled and written by librarians at the Glucksman Library (UL), this lesson covers aspects such as:

  • identifying different sources of information
  • ensuring good practice in referencing and citations
  • ensuring academic integrity in the use of materials
  • suggestions and advice.

Click on the image to undertake the lesson, and upon successful completionm you may obtain a digital badge.

Resources for learners, trainers, and developers

Are there badges available for this topic?

Yes. There is a basic knowledge badge, awarded to anyone who successfully completes the online lesson and quiz.


How can we run a workshop or classroom session on this topic?

This topic, and related subjects, are often at the core of training provided by institutional libraries. You should check to see what might be on offer in your own local institution. Practical sessions would typically involve demonstrating various search tools, setting tasks to find and reference useful sources, and debate and discuss examples of poor academic practice/integrity.

Are there resources and materials available?

Yes. There is no shortage of resources available from libraries and their websites.

Can I download a copy of this interactive lesson?

Yes. We provide all the materials which we have developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence.  We will shortly be making downloadable SCORM versions available here.

Further information & useful links:

Systematic Review: how to search (UCD, library guides) :

‘My Learning Essentials’ University of Manchester Library:

Plagiarism & Academic Integrity: