Mgr. Eva Jandová
Study and Research Support
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Think about what you want to find out. When you look for a year when an artist painted a picture, you will approach the search differently than when you would look for its possible interpretations. You can easily look up the date on Wikipedia, but for interpretations, you will search professional sources, printed or electronic.
The best way to find out which library is a printed book, magazine, newspaper or other resource is through online library catalogues.
You can find academic articles, books, research reports, and dissertations from various fields in specialised online databases at the Portal of Electronic Information Resources ezdroje.muni.cz
If you did not find the full text of the article or book in the selected database, try to check their availability in standard search engines of freely available resources:
Other interesting sources (not only textual materials) can be digital libraries, digitised archives and repositories:
What to write in the search field? Choose keywords that match your topic. You can use synonyms, superordinate and subordinate terms and determine their relationships. According to the search results, you will edit them and combine them in different ways.
If you find what you need after typing the first two words that come to mind, that's fine. You don't have to try to come up with sophisticated search queries.
If, after displaying the search results, the amount of found resources (articles, books) is too large, we recommend making the query more specific. Add additional keywords and use filters to specify, for example, the time period when the articles were to be published or their language. If there are no sources found, you can, on the other hand, generalize the query. Here you will use synonyms or superordinate terms. Advanced Tips – Boolean operators or using phrases and wildcards will also help you.
Will this resource be useful for me? Is it relevant to me, and does it make sense to read it? In the results list, look at the titles, and browse the article's abstract or the assigned subject headings. If you're still unsure, also go through the introduction and conclusion, which usually summarize the article's main ideas.
Academic articles should go through a review process that verifies their quality. But what if you are unsure or interested in an article on someone's blog? Ask:
They define links between search terms and help in narrowing or expanding the query
Wildcards may vary from search engine to search engine. If you've used them and the results don't match, seek the Help page.
These features are primarily available after logging in and offer the option of saving results, sending them by e-mail, setting up alerts or notices (notifications about the addition of a new article based on criteria determined by you), sharing, etc.
The guide was prepared and maintained by Mgr. Eva Jandová. It is available under CC BY 4.0 license.