Systematic Literature Searching


If a literature review is considered a trustworthy source of research evidence, it must be thorough, transparent and reproducible. This course aims to increase your knowledge of systematic searching and appraisal of published evidence.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to undertake a comprehensive literature search.
  • How to document your systematic approach.
  • How to apply appraisal tools

Feedback from PhD Researcher (2019)

  • This was a really excellent session. Extremely useful, well-presented and with lots of opportunity to both ask questions and to engage in practical activities. Professor Taylor was very engaging and did a wonderful job of making the subject relevant to a wide range of disciplines and research questions. I would highly recommend this session to all first year PhD students.
  • All content was very relevant, and it gave me an excellent insight into how a literature search and review should be completed. The insider tips will definitely help me.

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.


  • Professor Brian Taylor

    Brian joined the University in 2003, having spent twelve years as a practitioner and manager in social work, residential care, primary school teaching and youth work; and fifteen years in professional training and organization development in health and social care services. Brian qualified in social work at the University of Ulster and his PhD was at Queen’s University Belfast. He has lead role for research in social work.

    He is a founding Member of the Board of the European Social Work Research Association, and is Convenor of its Decisions, Assessment and Risk Special Interest Group. He is an honorary Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research of the National Institute for Health Research, London, and he was a member of the Cross-Border Child Protection Research and Knowledge Transfer Sub Committee of the North-South Ministerial Council for the island of Ireland. He is a Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Brian has supervised multiple PhD students through to completion; and brings to researcher development a wealth of knowledge that will benefit doctoral researchers.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • A1: Knowledge base
  • A2: Cognitive abilities
  • A3: Creativity
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework