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Literature searching - social sciences: Welcome

Created for students on the following programmes: Social Work; Sociology; Sociology and social anthropology; Sociology and criminology; Criminology; Criminology with law; Criminology with psychology

Intended learning outcomes:


After working through the resource, you should be able to

  • Use the Library web pages to access services that support for your studies
  • Enrol on study skills training courses to enhance individual academic skills
  • Independently search for literature to underpin academic work
  • Begin referencing using the BU Harvard style, and know where to get further support

The e-learning resource takes about 2 hours to complete (but you can do it in stages; you don't need to do it all in one go).


This e-learning resource which will teach you the essentials of literature searching in health and social sciences. The skills you learn will support your academic and professional work and provide practical guidance for using library services and resource at BU. It is designed to be practical, so there will be plenty of exercises for you to undertake. If you have any questions, do feel free to contact the HSS library team.