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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.

How can you find scholarly information?

If you are searching for information, specific´keywords´ are important. Keywords can narrow or broaden the amount of information you will find. You can also find keywords in titles or abstracts. Try out which keywords and synonyms are useful for your topic. Write usefull keywords down. 

This tutorial helps you with finding the right keywords (course name: ENGL 1023-001). 

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When you have efficient keywords, you are ready to search in different databases. In search engines like Google you can find a lot of information, but you don´t always have access to scholarly articles. The library pays to get access to scholarly databases. All items from the Leiden University Libraries’ collections: (e)books, journals and databases can be found in the catalogue. The catalogue automatically searches for all of the entered search terms in one document unless you use OR. 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).

The tutorial Working with the catalogue learns you how to search and how you can loan books and read articles online. 

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At the start of your research you can use sources like: Wikipedia, newspapers and blogs. If you formulated important keywords and a research question, you can search various databases. In Find databases you can find all the databases the library has access to. In the subject guides you can read which databases are relevant for your research. In these tutorials you learn about finding general and subject specific information.

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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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