Tag: search engines
Embase: comparison with PubMed and tips & tricks for searching
Embase is regarded as the European equivalent of PubMed/MEDLINE. When using the Embase search engine, you automatically browse not only the Embase database but also articles in PubMed/MEDLINE that have already been assigned MeSH terms.Access
Embase is only accessible via the UGent network.Search operators
Embase can be …Read more
EndNote: how can you import references?
You can import references into EndNote from many different databases. In the clips below, we explain how to import references from the four most commonly used ones: the library's catalogue, Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.
Web of Science
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GISMO: Research Explorer
GISMO is the Ghent University research information system. This system supports two aims: (1) database of all research related information (researchers with their career details and expertise, projects, publications and other types of output, research activities, equipment etc.) and (2) support/streamlining research related workflows (application and management of research proposals, …Read more
Google Scholar is the scientific counterpart of Google. You can search for books, (peer reviewed) articles, reports, conference papers, and so on. You can narrow down your list of results by selecting a time period and/or language in the left-hand column.
Note that Google Scholar does not check the quality …Read more
Google: search tips
Google is a powerful search engine. But the results list can be endlessly long and at page 3 you still haven't found what you were looking for. These tips and tricks will help you specify a better search question.
- Use unique, specific terms (keywords, not sentences). E.g. search for headache …
Scopus is an interdisciplinary bibliographical database. The video below is an excerpt from a tutorial and explains some of the basic features, such as:
- How do I access Scopus?
- How do I use the basic search feature in Scopus?
- How do I sort and filter my search results?
- How do …
Search: Boolean operators
The 3 most important Boolean operators that can be used to search on the internet are AND, OR and NOT. These operators are used as conjunctions to combine or exclude search terms in a search, resulting in more focused and productive results. The use of these operators can significantly …Read more
Searching: what is a citation search?
A citation search can go forward or backward in time. If you go forward in time, you look for the sources that cited your original article. If you go back in time, you look for the sources cited by your original article (also called "snowball search").
Benefits … Read more
Searching: what is the snowball search method?
The snowball search method is a way of tracking down related works by using the bibliography or reference list at the end of an article as your starting point. After all, there is a good chance that the sources the author has consulted while writing will be relevant to your …Read more
Web of Science: what is My Research Assistant (app) and how do I use it?
Web of Science (Clarivate) developed a new app to help you access their database from wherever you are. Once you're set up, you don't need to be connected to the Ghent University network anymore! But what can you do with it exactly, and how can you start using it?