Before you ask for help with your information retrieval, for example book an appointment with an information specialist:
- Try searching (something else than Google).
- Check out our information retrieval guides (search terms and how to combine them and databases in your field).
- Mull over your challenges. What specifically do you need help/guidance for?
In the guidance session of information retrieval, the information specialist will go through:
- Tips for finding search terms and subject headings
- Correct forms of these terms
- Search logic (combining search terms logically for the topic)
- Means of broadening or narrowing the search
- Choosing databases relevant to the topic, and guidance and advice on how to use them
- Advice in documenting the searches (for example, keeping search histories)
- Introduction of reference management programs (Zotero, Mendeley) and Covidence (especially exporting search results, i.e. references)
In particular, guidance of information retrieval for systematic reviews aims to ensure that the searches are systematic, comprehensive and repeatable. However, responsibility for final search terms and searches rests with the researcher/student.
The departments, instructors, or authors themselves are responsible for:
- Methods and techniques of literature reviews
- Determining the inclusion and exclusion criteria
- Deeper evaluation and selection of information sources
- Discipline-specific reference practices