In Practice

You will soon be conducting your own literature-based research. Make sure you plan enough time for it (approx. 1 ½ hours).
You will be putting everything you have just learned into practice:

  • formulating your research topic
  • deriving your sub-questions and search queries
  • selecting information sources and adapting the search queries
  • evaluating your search results
  • storing and sharing the scientific literature you have found
  • generating a literature list

Tools

In this list you will find tools to support your literature search:

Search strategy table
Use this table to work out the aspects and synonyms in your sub-question and to formulate your search queries.

Search form
Use this form to record your searches in various information sources.

Requirements for your literature list
Criteria and suggestions for a good literature list.

Useful links

Access these useful information sources directly from this Blackboard page:

Resources by topic
Selected sources of scientific information for each subject.

WorldCat Discovery
Used to search for books, journal articles and more…
Can also be accessed from the TU Delft Library website.

Scopus (campus only)
Searchable database of journal articles.

Web of Science (campus only)
Searchable database of journal articles.

EndNote
Information and downloading instructions for the reference management tool (for Windows or Macintosh).

BibTeX
Software to produce literature lists which can be incorporated into LaTeX documents.

TUlib
Online reference work of the TU Delft Library. It includes everything you have learned in this instruction and (much) more.
You may also want to have a look at other modules, which were not used in this instruction, e.g.:

TU Delft Library website
Access to all library resources and services.

And finally…

If you run into any problems or need further assistance, you can consult TUlib, go to the TU Delft Library information desk, or contact the online Ask Your Library helpdesk by chat, mail or telephone.
Ask Your Library staff are available during office hours to answer your questions.

Good luck with your literature-based research!

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