Engineering: Human factors & safety

Tips for starting your search

Example topic:

"How does shift work impact on an individual's performance at work"

-   Identify the key concepts
-   Identify any synonyms or related keywords
         e.g. work / worker / job / occupation

Combine these keywords using the connectors:   > OR (combines similar concepts)   > AND (combines different concepts)

  shift work OR night shift                 
        AND     perform*
        AND impact OR effect
Use truncation * to find alternative word endings e.g. perform* finds performs, perfoming, performance

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Getting started

Train [Image: Sarah 2012, 3000@ Oaklands Station,, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0,, source: flickr]The Library Catalogue will help you find books, journal article and papers.  Try searching it for initial material before searching a database.

  • Find an exact title by selecting the Title option and typing the title in the search box e.g. Safety at work


Some database starters

Databases are search tool that find articles, papers, book chapters, reports, case studies and other material. 
They could be either full text or reference and abstract.  Search the A-Z Database list to find relevant databases for your subject. 


Books can be useful for getting an overview of a topic.  Search the Library catalogue and narrow results by Format: Book/eBook to them.