Literature searching and the literature review - standalone online learning course
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
Team Researcher Academy

This standalone online course is run by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Course Description:

Literature Searching and the Literature Review is an online course developed by the Researcher Academy and Libraries for postgraduate researchers who are working on a literature review for their thesis.  It has been designed to support your success in writing your literature review, from discovering the literature to creating a writing plan. 

The course is designed for you to follow at your own pace at a time that suits you. You will be assessed on your submission of a portfolio document, which you will fill in at each stage of the course. Training points and certificates of completion will be awarded once all of the activities have been completed, videos watched, and a full portfolio submitted. We hope that the portfolio will help you and your supervisor in the planning of your own literature review.

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Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Course open throughout the year
Access Moodle
Participate in forum discussions on Moodle
Engage with online materials
Watch and listen to pre-recorded videos
Complete reflections document/ workbook (optional)
Undertake and submit an assessment (to be marked as attended)

Booking Guidelines

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.

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