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Seeking and assessing sources

Below are tips on how to search for, and assess, research material.

How do I search for research articles?

Where can I find research articles?

When you search for research articles, you need to use a search tool that accesses collections of research material.

Find search tools under Reading Lists & Software

Find good search terms

Before you start searching, it is a good idea to find relevant search terms, above all when searching for articles. Do you have a clear research issue or do you want to orientate yourself generally in a subject? The amount of material you need, and what you will use the material for, also influence how advanced your search needs to be.

Some examples of how to use search terms:

  • Full-text search: You use your own search terms in a database. You often generate a lot of material using this approach.
  • Subject words search: You identify subject words in advance and search for them in the database. Some databases have specific fields for subject words searches. You can often obtain more relevant material using this approach.

Do you need help to find good search terms?

You can find medical subject headings via the Swedish-English MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) tool and via the Swedish National Encyclopaedia’s lexicon.

Tips! Look at articles and abstracts that you think are interesting and see which subject words/keywords they are "tagged" with. Use them in your own searches.

Guides for searches:

Finding information sources for your thesis
Strategies for information searching

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