Literature searching short cuts and tips and tricks

Dr. Alison Bell of the University of Wollongong recently held a workshop at the HFESA 2017 Conference on literature research.

Searching for literature

Hot tips

When you find a paper you would like to access the full text of you can contact the author of the paper directly to ask that they share a copy with you by email.
You might need to google the author to find their email address.

Create a Google Scholar profile to link all your publications together.
Instructions on setting one up available here –

PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE (MEDLINE, National Library of Medicine’s database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences) database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.

WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation:
WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work.

Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, Australia and New Zealand:

Click the green tab and skip the paywall on millions of peer-reviewed journal articles. It’s fast, free, and legal.

Google Scholar:
Useful for grey literature and full text

Google advanced search:
Useful for a domain search, for example and grey literature.
Truncation, boolean or phrase searching in a library database or Google – ergonom* or “ergonomics in Australia”

UOW Library –
Community or Alumni membership (includes limited online access)

Research repository UWA:

Loughborough University:

Access to a limited number of databases through your graduating university either in person or with an Alumni borrowers card.

Online reference material

Universities and Repositories

University research repositories provides an open access (free) platform to capture, store, index, and distribute globally a wide range of research outputs produced by a university’s researchers and postgraduate students.

University of Wollongong

University of Queensland
Ergonomics and manual tasks – Current staff – University of Queensland (

University of Western Australia

Cornell University

Michigan University

TU Delft

Loughborough University
Repository –

Standards (ISO):

Safe Work Australia (SWA):
SWA is an Australian government statutory body established in 2008 to develop national policy relating to WHS and workers’ compensation.

HSE (Health and Safety Executive):
Advice, guidance, news, templates, tools, legislation, publications from Great Britain’s independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness; HSE.


The Occupational Health and Safety Administration of the United States.

EU-OSHA is the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health. Their work contributes to the European Commission’s Strategic Framework for Safety and Health at work 2014-2020 and other relevant EU strategies and programmes, such as Europe 2020.

International Labour Organisation (ILO):–en/index.htm
ILO statistics:–en/index.htm
ILO databases:–en/index.htm
ILO library:

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.


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