• General introduction

    Careful preparation is vital to a successful literature search. Doing research requires time and creativity.

    In this section we give you some useful tips for the following preparation steps: choice of topic and research question, definition of search terms, formulation of search queries, choice of information sources.

    • 1.2 Search terms

      After the definition of your research question it is necessary to identify the main aspects of your topic and to compile a list of possible search terms.

      To define the search terms for your literature search you first need to identify the main aspects of your research question.

      The second step then is to compile a word list (model) with


      related terms

      generic terms

      subsumed concepts

      alternative spellings

      for each aspect of your research question.

    1.1 Topic / research question1.3 Search query