Basics

Preparation

Before you begin any research, you should do a little preparation.

The following points should be considered:

   
Why am I looking for? e.g. presentatione.g. thesis
How much time do I have?2 - 3 weeksmin. 3 months
How extensive?minimummaximum
How profound?general / superficialspecial / detailed
What kind of media?mainly books, partly also journal articlesbooks, journals, research reports, grey literature ...

Following this, you should think about exactly what you are looking for. This means that you must define your information needs and also formulate them so that you can enter appropriate search terms into the selected search tools. The latter can be referred to as developing an appropriate search strategy. For example, if you are looking for information on economics, you should use an appropriate economics or interdisciplinary database for your search.

The search can basically be divided into two different types: the formal and the thematic search. The next two menu items provide more detailed information.