Finding sources for your paper

Tips to help you as you search for sources for your paper.


1. Search and research work often takes more time than you can think, but is well worth it. A good paper often sheds light on a research question based on a a wide range of sources. Be curious!


2. Start to search for relevant past student papers in Brage and NORA.

  • Search for a keyword.
  • Read the summaries.
  • Look at how the paper is structured, the research question and the use of sources and citations.
    Use the literature lists in the papers actively. Write down names, titles, tags and keywords you want to investigate. Remember: Bibliographies in recent papers are usually quite up-to-date = Potentially lots of good research work served on a silver platter.
  • Be critical of your sources! Master's theses are rarely innovative, but often highlight issues well. Find the sources listed in the bibliography and cite them rather than citing the actual paper.


3. Enter search terms such as a book title, author surname or keywords and search Oria.


Example - keyword search:

  • Enter the keyword ”academic writing” and search Oria.
  • Most results lead you to the literature on shelf no. 808.066.
  • Click on the map to find out where in the library the shelf is situated.
  • Find 808.066. You will find lots of literature about academic writing on this shelf.
  • Look for the book which is most relevant for you.


4. Search for scientific articles in databases:

  • Advanced search always allows you to narrow down/refine your search in different ways. Refining your search generates a results list with more relevant results. More relevant results = good!
  • Use the refinement possibilities actively. All databases provide different opportunities.
  • Use "quotation marks" around the exact phrase you want to search for, if it is made up of several words.
  • Use a * on the root of a word to to generate results containing different words that begin with this.

Example:
industr* generates results that contain industry, industries, industrial etc.

  • Combine search terms with AND, OR, NOT.
​To​UseExample​
​Find all the wordsAND​

dementia AND communication​

​Find at least one of the words (NB! It's a good idea to use OR when you use synonyms as search terms)OR​​dementia OR alzheimers
​Exclude a wordNOT​dementia NOT "alcoholic dementia"​
  • Use round brackets to group search terms.

Example:
(dementia OR alzheimers) AND communication

  • Full text = access to a .PDF or  web version of the article.
  • Peer reviewed = a scientific stamp of quality. But if an article isn't peer reviewed, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad quality. Source evaluation is a tricky business.
  • Found a good article? Follow the sources, the author or the journalScopus is a database that makes this easy for you. If you find an interesting article and click on the title of the journal it has been published in, you can search the journal for other articles. If you click on an author's name, an overview of other articles he/she has written will appear. And if you click on a reference in the reference list, a page with a PDF of this article should appear.
  • Refereed scientific journals often focus on narrow topics. Search for keywords in a specific journal.
  • If an author has published an interesting article, chances are that they will have published other good stuff. Google the person! Find out who they are and look up their university page. Norwegian researchers' publications are available on CRIStin.


5. Use news articles from Atekst/Retriever as information supporting your choice of topic, or to refer to a case.