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Finding books & journals: Save your search strategy

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"Remember to record and document all the details of your searches including keywords and databases searched"

Helen Aveyard, Doing a literature review in health and social care

The video below summarises the process of an advanced search for journal articles in the Ebsco database Academic Search Premier. The techniques seen in the video can be applied to all databases that the Library subscribes to.

Personal account features

Using Personal account features

Most of the subject databases allow you to create a personal account.

Once you have an account you can permanently save articles into folders which can be customised for different pieces of work. So for an example you can create different folders for different assignments or for different chapters of a dissertation.

You can also save your search strategy - this will enable you to simply re-run at a later point rather than having to type all your search terms in every time. Some databases also allow you to create an alert - this means it will re-run your search for you at a specified frequency so you can keep up-to-date with research in your topic area.