Literature search: summary
Literature search includes several steps:
Define your topic
- Formulate questions, main and secondary.
- Choose keywords
Remember synonyms, different languages.
- Identify suitable search engines, databases and other online resources
Which type of information do you want? Journal articles, books, government papers?
- Perform your searches
Set limits such as publication date, geographic restrictions, language and use Boolean terms “AND”, “OR”, “NOT” when you’re searching.
- Refine and limit
Narrow or broaden your search. Find new keywords.
- Evaluate your searches
Be critical. Ask e.g. yourself: Are the sources Reliable and objective, is the article cited, when was the book published? Has the book been published in a newer edition?
- Obtain literature
You can order books and articles from libraries in Denmark or abroad, but it takes time.