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When doing longer papers, reports or a thesis it is sensible to make an explicit search profile as part of your search strategy. A search profile details:
At least once try to write all these choices down to force yourself to make them explicit. During your search you can add things or eliminate them when they do not prove fruitful.
A first phase in searching is a short exploration of your subject. Ask yourself:
To answer these questions you can search some of these reference works:
Journals from many different disciplines might be relevant at some point in innovation science. The most important English language journals in the fields of R&D, scientometrics, innovation policy and social and economic aspects of technology are below. Use the library journals listing to locate the journals.
Scholars use many different publication types, either passively (as source) or actively (as a means to distribute their research findings and studies). Active publication is done overwhelmingly in journal articles and books. Passively a much broader spectrum of publication types is used. A list of publication types and the types of information that they carry:
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 page on formulating a search question you will find more information on how to generate search terms
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.