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Search tools. Handbooks - Start with an overview Bibliographies - Find out what has been published on your subject Catalogues - Obtain the books and articles you have found Full text resources - Search for specific details. Using handbooks.

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search tools

Search tools


- Start with an overview


- Find out what has beenpublished on yoursubject


- Obtain the books and articlesyou have found

Full textresources

- Search for specificdetails

using handbooks
Using handbooks

An article from a relevant handbook or encyclopediacan give youthreethings:

  • An overview of the subject.
  • A list of central references on the subject.
  • Lots of inspiration for searchablesubjectwords.

Find handbooks and encyclopedias in ”Databaselisten”.

search methods
Search methods
  • Citation Pearl Growing
  • Quick’n’Dirty
  • Structuredsearch
citation pearl growing
Citation Pearl Growing

Use the List of References in books and articlesyou have read.

  • Look up the book/article in catalogues or databases again.
  • Use Codes, SubjectHeadings etc. in the description, to find similarsources.
quick n dirty

If youdon’t know if there is anything to find (or how to find it)

  • Search with the terms you have. Try manydifferent databases.
  • Use the resultsyouget, to getwiser on relevant subjectwords and relevant databases.
structured search 1
Structured Search 1

Whenyou have localized the relevant databases and subjectwords, youcanmake a thoroughsearch for literature.

  • Chooseyoursubjectwords
  • Considerusing synonyms
  • Considerlanguage and otherlimiters
  • Constructyoursearch argument
structured search 2
Structuredsearch 2

Main subject

Area of focus


structured search 3
Structured Search 3

Final thesissubject:


Mere præcist noget om sprogindlæring på gymnasier.

structured search 4
Structuredsearch 4

Second language


High School

structured search 5
Structuredsearch 5



Second language









College/High school

Consider at the same time more limiters for Language, Country/Nationality, Time period, Actuality

the search process 1
The Search process 1

Keep a log book on yoursearchprocess.

Write down:

  • The name of the source (database etc.)
  • Yoursearch argument(s)
  • The results of yoursearch
the search process 2
The Search process 2
  • Handbooks
    • Establish an overview over subject and keyliterature
  • Handbooks and Quick’n’Dirty
    • Establish an overview over relevant searchwords
  • Citation Pearl Growing and Peers
    • Takeadvantage of whatyouallready know
  • Structured Search
    • Construct a search argument
  • Catalogues
    • Get hold of the relevant literature
summing up
Summing up…
  • Searching for relevant literature is chaotic and frustrating…
  • Considerwhich kinds of materialsyouaresearching for, and choose the relevant sources/databases.
  • Start with handbooks and encyclopedias.
  • Useknownliterature to get ”more of the same”.
  • Try different databases and subjectheadings.
  • Log whatyouaredoing.
  • UseStudy Metro, Scribo etc.
  • ..and of courseuseus for help!