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Searching scholarly information

Searching for relevant scholarly information can be a challenge. Keywords can narrow or broaden the amount of information you will find in the catalogue or other databases. These tutorials can help you with navigating the catalogue and improving your research skills.

Tutorials

The best way to start with searching for information is by doing background research. You can use Google, Wikipedia, textbooks, bibliographies and encyclopedia. This search will give you a good overview of useful facts and keywords to start your search within the catalogue. Specific keywords can narrow or broaden the amount of information you will find. You can also use keywords from titles or abstracts. Try out which keywords and synonyms are useful for your topic. Take a look at these tutorials about keywords:

Selecting keywords to search (Use course name: ENGL 1023-001)
Learning Objective

You learn to recognize that the careful selection of keywords can help focus your research and apply strategies to select relevant keywords and synonyms for your own research.

Duration 30 minutes
By Auburn university
Choosing keywords
Learning Objective Searching for information is all about language. Learn how to find keywords, combine them and choose the right strategy.
Duration 15 minutes
By Wichita State University

When you have efficient keywords, you are ready to search for scholarly information in the catalogue. The catalogue automatically searches for all of the entered search terms in one document unless you use OR. All items from the Leiden University Libraries’ collections of (e)books, journals and databases can be found. When outside the university premises, please log on to the catalogue with your ULCN student account. Search for the title or subject of your interest and click View Online (if available). Learn more about the catalogue in this tutorial:

Working with the catalogue

Learning
Objective

Learn how to loan a book, explore articles and search by author or subject.
Duration 60 minutes
By University Libraries Leiden (UBL)
Finding Information on Chocolate
Learning Objective Learn how to search for general and subject specific information using the case study of chocolate. Areas covered are a.o. Google Scholar, E-Books, subject specific databases, newspapers and Special Collections.
Duration 60 minutes
By University Libraries Leiden (UBL)
Refugees (International Studies)
Learning Objective Learn how to search for general and subject specific information using the case study of refugees. Areas covered are a.o. Wikipedia, Google Scholar, E-Books, subject specific databases and newspapers.
Duration 60 minutes
By University Libraries Leiden (UBL)
Silk Roads (Chinese studies)
Learning Objective Learn how to search for general and subject specific information using the case study of silk roads. Areas covered are a.o. Wikipedia, Google Scholar, E-Books, subject specific databases and newspapers.
Duration 60 minutes
By University Libraries Leiden (UBL)
Research 101
Learning Objective In six units, Research 101 discusses many aspects of the process of searching for scholarly information, ranging from selecting a topic to evaluating your research strategy. Demo’s, examples and exercises will help you improve your information research skills. Every unit ends with a review quiz.
Duration 15-60 minutes
By University of Washington Libraries

Did you know that you can get help with doing research?

  • Ask your question online
  • Or make an appointment to meet with a librarian and get help doing your research? Subject Librarians can help you: finding information, developing effective search strategies, searching the library catalogs and databases and evaluate information sources.
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