Practical: Systematic Literature Search
Full course description
Conducting research or writing a paper generally requires literature research. The library offers a range of information sources (databases) in various fields of study. During this practical, students are introduced to these sources (particularly PsycINFO), they will learn to use them and they will collect literature on the subject systematically. This takes place in the following steps: defining the subject and the search query (including translations of search items), determining sources to be searched, systematically searching various sources using a search planning form and finally evaluating search results. Special attention is paid to the use of general search engines in relation to subject-specific sources and the use of controlled key words (thesaurus). Students receive a number of leads, tips and tricks based on examples and assignments. In addition, focus will be put on the online tutorial 'Finding literature for your research'.
- are able to use different subject-related (such as PsycINFO, PubMed) and their features (like thesaurus) to systematically retrieve literature on a specific topic for their research or writing assignment;
- know how to build an effective search strategy.