El arte de saber buscar: identificación de fuentes y selección de términos

Searching for information is an art, and you can learn it. In this 30-minute session, you'll get an overview of the different types of sources of information, and learn a few tricks to help you select the best search terms.


Seminario #BibliotecaUOC: El arte de saber buscar, identificación de fuentes y selección de términos

Before entering a word in the search engine, stop and think for a moment about what you need, to form a clear idea of where and what to search for.

Seminario #BibliotecaUOC: El arte de saber buscar, identificación de fuentes y selección de términos 

Before searching, stop and think carefully about what you need so that you don't overlook anything, and you have the most comprehensive overview possible of the subject. It is important to be aware of the sources of information, conceptualize your search, practise and repeat the process until you obtain the results you want.

Sources of information can be classified in many ways. One of the best known is to distinguish between primary sources (original documents such as diaries or manuscripts, works of art, novels, etc.) and secondary sources (articles, encyclopaedias, criticism, etc.). They can also be classified as general, professional or academic, depending on who produces the content and who it is aimed at.

You will have to use different sources depending on the task you are doing and your field of study. All the Library's resources are available for your work, and it is important to be aware of the most useful databases in your field of study.

Your keywords need to be precise. Use synonyms, don't forget abbreviations, and use various languages, especially English. Avoid abstract concepts, words that contain value judgements, and searches with too many words. Using search operators is also a good idea.

You can perform a general search about the topic you're interested in, and look at the data in the results when you think about your search. This lets you refine your keywords for better results.

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