Select a number of search systems which are useful for your search action. Search for suitable sources.
List of available databases at Utrecht University.
Use the information in the adjacent boxes to make a choice.
In the search engines use the search strategy you set up in step 2 to find useful sources.
Screen your results based on title and abstract on relevant content in regard to your (sub) questions
Use the information in the boxes on this page.
The Lean Library browser extension offers access to a large number of digital scientific sources, whether you are on campus or off-campus.
Every time you visit a website with publications licensed by Utrecht University Library, you are asked to log in. Next you will have direct access. Using the extension also gives you automatically access to Google Scholar and PubMed including UBUlink.
If you come across a publication which may not be available, Lean Library will try to find an open access version for you.
You download the extension once, select your institution and log in with your Solis ID or UMCU-account and password.
Want to know more? Visit the Online Access via Lean Library page of the Utrecht University Library.
Want to know more about all options to access digital publications? Visit our Online Access page.
If you get too many results to view/use you could:
See from which angle you approach your problem and then look for search systems that match. Preferably use more than one database (and not just Google Scholar). Check in advance the content and options of the database.
The Utrecht University Library offers an overview and access to multiple search engines. There is also a list of databases per discipline. Read the short descriptions and choose the database that best matches your search query.
A selection of other search engines
ERIC is a database in the filed of education. NB there is also a ffreely available version of ERIC and there is the version of ERIC that we offer via Ovid. This last version has more search options and contains the UBUlink to the digital publications that we give access to at the UU library.
PubMed includes literature in the field of (bio)medical sciences, but also behavioural sciences (PubMed also has a version without the UBUlink, so pay attention which version you use)
For the complete list of All search engines visit the library website
Where to find the full text?
In this (and several other) search engines you will see the next to the results. It tells you if the publication is available in the university library, online or on paper (books especially).
In Google Scholar you don't see a button but a text link: Fulltext@UBUlink.
Please note: Go to all these search engines through the homepage of the library (www.uu.nl/library) and click on the button Search engines. On the next page click on the yellow button Search engines by discipline > Social and Behavioural Sciences.
You will find more on where to find sources in the LibGuide Search Strategy.
If you do not get enough results, you could:
In determining if a source is relevant, you may try to answer the following questions:
Think that you will rarely find a source that provides a complete answer to your main questions and sub-questions and that gives a report of the exact same research or problem you are working on.
Need to see the full text of an article? The next page is about how to get to the full text.
Open Access articles are freely available. Below you will find a list of search engines containing only or mainly Open Access material
If you want to find out what journals are Open Access you can check the Directory of Open Access Journals.
And use the Lean Library extension, it will tell you if an open access version of the article is available.