To locate materials that fit your information needs, a broad variety of sources of information can be used: catalogues, databases, electronic summaries… In this section, we will show you the tools that can be used to search for books, magazines, magazine articles, thesis papers, academic papers, acts of congresses, etc.

 

WHERE DO I START? GENERAL ADVICE FOR SERCHING FOR INFORMATION

 1.- Define information needs:

  • Identify the theme. What theme are you searching for?
  • Identify concepts within the theme. What terms describe them? (remember to consider synonyms and terms in other languages)
  • Identify the level of specialization. What type of information do you need? (general interest, academic, commercial…)
  • Identify how recent the information should be. What period of time do you need? (retrospective, current, the last 5 years…)

 

2.- Select sources of information:

  • Magazines
  • Press
  • Statistical information
  • Databases
  • General/specialized search engines
  • ....

 

3.- Search:

  • Using Boolean operators (AND, NOT, OR)
  • Using truncation
  • Using advanced searches
  • By limiting results by language, year of publication, relevance...
  • ....

 

4.- Work with the results

  • Evaluate the results: quality, author, trustworthiness of the source…
  • Manage bibliographical references