The right search terms are the most important conditons for an effective search.
Keep in mind the different kinds of terms:
You don't have to think of terms all by yourself. Use the tools:
In the special LibGuide generating search terms (in Dutch) you will find more information, including lists of important thesauruses by subject
In scholarly research, Wikipedia can be used for:
Please bear in mind that the various language versions of Wikipedia may differ: as a rule the larger versions (for instance the English version) is of a higher quality, because on average more people contribute to an article. Compare the article in the different language versions.
Another thing one can do is study the talk pages of an article. It shows the (low or high) level of discussion amongst editors. You can take that into account in your decision on how to use the information provided in the article.
Contrary to what is often thought, Wikipedia is a reference work with explicit rules, policy and control.
In the special LibGuide Wikipedia more details, background information and examples of good Wikipedia-use.
If you are searching for literature at a basic level (or introductory level) you can add search terms such as 'introduction' or 'orientation' 'overview' or 'review'.
Preferably you would like these words to occur in a title or in an abstract. In many search engines you will find an 'advanced search' option through which you can specify your query.
The Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), first published in 1969, is designed to help economists keep abreast of the vast flow of literature. JEL issues contain commissioned, peer-reviewed survey and review articles, book reviews, an annotated bibliography of new books classified by subject matter, and an annual index of dissertations in North American universities. You can browse the JEL by issue or search all issues through the Electronic journals UU (see tab 4).
To many economic publications the subject codes of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) Classification System have been added. The "JEL" classification system is a standard method of classifying scholarly literature in the field of economics. Use the guide to gain insight on how JEL Codes are used to classify articles, dissertations, books, book reviews, and working papers.