Searching for information
There are various search techniques which you can use when searching for information. Every technique has it’s pro’s and con’s, and they all have their matching search engines which suit them best. There are two starting points from which you can start your search:
- Search with a purpose: when you have a very specific need for information (goal driven searching)
- Browse and be guided by what you find during your search (datadriven searching)
Attached to these different starting points are different search techniques, such as: making a search strategy, concept mapping, topic searching, reference searching and hierarchically searching. The best and most effective place to search for information also depends on your purpose and search technique.
Last, but not least: attention is paid to gathering data like statistical, research and financial data.
The University Library presents the portal 'Information Literacy', a collection of theoretical and practical online courses on finding, processing and managing information.