Your search strategy should be reproducible, therefore it is important that you keep good records of the searches that you carry out. You will need to record:
The document below can be used to keep a record of your searches:
Saving searches in a database
It is also possible to save your search histories within each database. In order to do this you need to set up a personal account in each relevant database. For details on how to set up an account, check the Help pages of each database. Saving a search in a database will allow you to run the search again at a later date. You also have the option to create an alert for your search. For a demonstration of how to save searches in ProQuest watch our video Saving your search.
We recommend that you use a bibliographic management tool such as EndNote to manage your search results.
With EndNote you can:
For further information see our EndNote guide.
The library holds EndNote training workshops. Please check our Workshop Calendar for further details.
You can use the qualitative data analysis software NVivo to:
The library holds NVivo training sessions. Please check our Workshop Calendar for further details.