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

"Literature Searching and the Literature Review" is an comprehensive online course developed by the Researcher Academy and Libraries, tailored specifically for postgraduate researchers who are in the process of conducting a literature review for their thesis or research project. This course has been meticulously designed to empower you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the literature review phase, guiding you from the initial stages of discovering relevant literature to crafting a structured writing plan.

Course Highlights:

  • Self-Paced Learning: This course is structured to allow you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, enabling you to fit it into your schedule at a time that suits you best.
  • Portfolio Assessment: Throughout the course, you will be required to maintain a detailed portfolio document. This portfolio serves as a record of your progress and insights gained at each stage of the course. It will be an invaluable resource for you and your supervisor in planning and executing your literature review.
  • Comprehensive Content: The course includes a wealth of instructional materials, including video tutorials, reading materials, and interactive exercises, ensuring a thorough understanding of the literature review process.
  • Certification: Upon successful completion of all course activities, including watching the videos, participating in exercises, and submitting a complete portfolio, you will be awarded training points and a certificate of completion. This certificate attests to your proficiency in literature searching and the literature review process.

This course also forms part of the "Traditional Avenues for Research Communication" pathway. 

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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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