Plan your search

What is the information you need (be concrete).


What kind of information do you need?: one market report, one balance sheet, statistic information, professional articles, etc.


Besides, to know which filters will help you to define your search (geographic area, publication date and language, for instance) will help the results of your queries be more appropiate.


Where you can look for information.


Before starting using the databases, if you do not know where to start looking for information, contact the CdD so the staff can help you.

The databases available in the Virtual Campus and the CdD catalogue will help you look for the information. To know where to find the information you need, check the section Where to find.


Plan and make your search.


  • Plan: think about what you are looking for, decide the words that define the topic you what you look information about in a most suitable way. Probably you will need to try different words, depending on the results you get, during your search.


  • Redefine your search: if you get too many results after your search, probably you will need to include new concepts or filters (publication date, geography, etc.).


  • If you recover too little results, try to erase concepts and filters from your query to widen it. Put a time limit in your search, and if you do not find appropriate results, contact the CdD.


Evaluate the results of your search.


One quick way to evaluate the relevance of the information you have found is asking:

Who?: who is the author?; what/who is the publisher?; what are the characteristics of the publication or the is information source?; etc.

If you do not know this information, try to make a quick search in the Internet.

What?: the author's conclusions are clear?; to whom is the information addressed?; the information source is a primary one (produced by the author) or secondary (created by others)?; etc.

When?: when was the data published?; is the information updated enough to be used in my work?

Where?: where is the information published?; does the author cite the bibliography he/she has used to get their conclusions?


Save the information you find and use.


It is important that you save any material or information source that you use during your work, and also the information about where and when you have found the information.

This will help you to make the bibliography, references and cites and also revise the steps you have followed during your investigation.


To have more information, check the section Citing documents.





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