During your studies

The library can support you when you are searching for information for your studies. You can watch the library's videos or attend our tutoring in information seeking.

On this page, we have compiled the library’s videos and suggestions for how you can get started with your information seeking, including which search services you can use and how you can use search terms to get best results. If you would like more help, you are welcome to book tutoring in information seeking.

Four students sitting around a table in the library

 

Attend tutoring in information seeking

As a student at Stockholm University you can get help with information seeking at the library's Search Hub. The Search Hub offers tutorials in information seeking via Zoom.

We offer the following:

  • Guidance in information seeking and source evaluation
  • Advice in setting up your search strategy for your degree project
  • Tips on choice of search terms in Swedish and English
  • Support in searching in relevant databases

The Zoom room for information seeking tutorials is open Monday to Thursday 12-13.

https://stockholmuniversity.zoom.us/j/65432873324

At certain times, there may be a queue and the tutor will allow you to enter the Zoom room as soon as it is free. Note that the tutorial time is a maximum of 20 minutes. When you have received the support you need, you can continue information seeking on your own, and if any new questions arise, you are welcome back to the tutorial for further help.

If you do not have the opportunity to attend at the drop-in hours, you can contact bokabibliotekarie@su.se to agree on a time.

 

Search for material for your thesis

When writing a thesis, you must search for previous research. You can find a large number of databases to search in through the library. Below, we have compiled tips on where and how you can begin your information search.

Three databases that you can use when you start searching for previous research for your thesis or assignment are:

The tab "Articles" on the library's startpage

Google scholar

Libris

You can find more databases through Databases A-Z on the library's website.

You can find scholarly articles through the article tab in the library's search box. The film gives an introduction to this database.

 

 

When searching for information, it is important to consider which search terms to use. By combining search terms in different ways, you can both reduce and increase the number of search results you get in the databases. The most common way to do this is by using so called Boolean operators. You can learn how to do a Boolean search in this video from John M. Pfau Library (California State University).

To find relevant terms, you can start from your thesis question. Choose the most relevant keywords from your question and use these as search words. Here is a video from University of Houston Libraries with tips on what to think of when choosing your keywords.

 

When you search for information for your thesis, you need to consider if the sources you find are relevant and useful for you. For example, how can you know that the article you have found is a scholarly article? We have compiled six questions to help you evaluate and think critically about the information you find.

 

 

 

With help of a reference management software, you can organise your references and insert references and bibliography, according to any chosen reference style when you are writing. Using reference management software can facilitate your work when writing a thesis or assignment.

In this film we show you what reference management software can help you with.

 

(Video in Swedish with English subtitles.)

More information about different reference management software programmes

 

Students who wish to publish their thesis in full-text, or who have questions on registering or publishing in DiVA, should always contact their department. Not all departments approve that student theses are published online.

Log in to the DiVA registration form.

 

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