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.
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:
Searching for information is all about language. Learn how to find keywords, combine them and choose the right strategy.
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:
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.
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.
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.
University of Washington Libraries
Did you know that you can get help with doing research?
Or make an appointment to meet with a librarianand 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.