Resources: search and find information

Do you need to write a text or do you need to find information and you are looking for the right resources?


Step-by-step plan

Step 1: define your subject

  • Narrow down your subject on the basis of literature on the subject.
  • Explore the subject. You can read a paper of your teacher/promotor, for example, to discover what they are expecting.

Step 2: find information

  • Now that you have phrased your research question, you can start looking for information. First read theoretical sources, then explore empirical research.
  • Search systematically, use the snowball method.
  • Clarify your concept and draw up a clear theoretical framework.
  • Assess the sources you find: look for an angle per source so you can contextualise the information correctly.
  • Assess (internet) sources critically.
  • Select recent sources.

Step 3: process information

  • Keep track of your search methods through notes, doodles, schematic overviews, &c.
  • Analyse, combine and synthesise the information.
  • Take special note of the search entries that generate the most important/relevant information.

Step 4

  • Compile a reference list.

Helpful tools

These tools will help you find literature on the topic of your choice.



    You can find over 4.000.000 references for books, serials, images, theses, and databases in the library catalogue of Ghent University. Many of these can be consulted online, from the comfort of your home.
    If you cannot find something, the library staff is there to help. Contact them via chat or mail, or ask your question in person at the desk.
    Attention! The catalogue does not contain articles, except those entered into Biblio, the Ghent University Academic Bibliography. Find articles using Google Scholar or another database.

  • Unicat

    UniCat combines the catalogues of important Belgian universities as well as the Royal Library.
    Most books available in other libraries can be requested through ILL (interlibrary loan) for a small fee.

  • Worldcat

    Worldcat is the largest catalogue of scientific libraries. Unfortunately, the collections of only a few Belgian libraries can be found here.

  • Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is a database for scientific sources. Use this database through the Ghent University network for the best results. (Browsing through the Ghent University network at home is possible by opening a browser in Athena.)
    This database allows you to search through fulltext files. Make sure to narrow your search entry accordingly. Like 'regular' Google, Google scholar sees a space as AND, a dash (-) as NOT, and | as OR. Use double quotation marks to search for exact phrases. You cannot truncate using an asterisk (*).

  • Antilope

    Antilope is the catalogue for serials in Belgian scientific libraries. 

  • Scopus

    Scopus is Elsevier's multidisciplinary abstract and citation database. It contains almost 22.000 journals and over 130.000 books, which makes it worth browsing alongside Web of Science. Just like Web of Science, Scopus is not only interesting to search for literature, but also offers many possibilities in the field of citation analysis. See the website of Elsevier for more information.

  • Ulrich's

  Through Ulrich's web you'll find an overview of (almost) all magazines, worldwide.


  • Web of Science

    Web of Science is another multidisciplinary abstract and citation database. You can find A1 publications in this database, although Web of Science contains more than only A1 publications.

  • Dictionaries

    You can find several dictionaries, including Van Dale (Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish), when browsing our catalogue. You can also access Duden (German-English) through Athena and consult a medical dictionary.


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