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Effectively searching for literature

In this course, you can learn how to effectively prepare and undertake a literature search.


Why can't I just google it?

In this video, you will learn why it is worth using more than just Google for your research:


Research tools of the Learning Centre

Here you can learn more about the various research tools that the Learning Centre offers:

To access the tools, you can also use the following links:

Library Catalogue




Preparing my search

This video shows how to use a topic table to find relevant search terms in order to search more efficiently:

Image by Anastasia Gepp on Pixabay

Here you can find a topic table to help you prepare your search!


Search strategies

This useful video from Würzburg University shows the different search strategies you can use to combine your search terms and optimise your search, including phrase searching and the boolean operators:

Thank you to our colleagues in Würzburg for letting us use this video!


Search filters

This video will show you how to use the search filters to optimise your results, based on various factors such as publication date, material type and source:


Using the search history and saving your search

The search history is a valuable feature of databases. Here you will learn how to combine your results lists using the search history and why this approach can be beneficial. This video also shows how to seave search histories in EDDI:


Finding relevant databases using DBIS

Our final video shows how to use DBIS to find databases, meaning that you can use the terms that you collect and the strategies that you have learnt to find subject-sprecific literature:


Members of Reutlingen University can enroll in our RELAX course and test their knowledge with our short quiz.

If you still have any questions or difficulties with your research, please contact us. We are happy to help!

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