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Prosthetics & Orthotics

Plan your search

1. Formulate your research question

What do you need information about? Try to formulate yourself as clearly as possible.

2. What type of information are you looking for?

Should the information be scientific? In that case, it is primarily research articles from scientific journals that you should search for. Reports, conference papers and dissertations may also be relevant. If you want to capture a current debate, newspapers or trade journals can be useful. Books can also work well to explain a theory or provide a background.

You probably need to limit your search. Common limiters are time, geography and language.

3. Select search tool

To get an overview among many different types of publications, the library's search service Primo can be a good start. Google Scholar can also be useful to get an overview. When you need to search more specifically and want to be able to find a selection of relevant articles, the best choice is one of the library's databases.

4. Select search terms

Start with your question when choosing search terms and select the most significant words. Think about synonyms for the words. When you try to search, you might find a good source and you can then use it to find more relevant terms. If it is a research article, you can check the title, the abstract and the keywords to find more search terms. 

5. Search

The search process is very much about testing different search strategies. Use your chosen terms and see what you find. Add or delete terms or use broader or narrower terms. Evaluate what you find and adjust your search to make it as accurate as possible.

Read more

You can read more about the different steps of the search process in the University Library's guide How to search - step by step.

If you want to read more about how to carry out an advanced search, Karolinska Institutet's University Library's Structured literature reviews – A guide for students is a good start.