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? Follow the step-by-step plan below.

Step 1: define your subject

  • Narrow down your subject based on the literature you find.
  • Explore the subject. You can read a paper of your teacher/promotor, for example, to discover what their expectations are.

Step 2: find information

  • Now that you've formulated your research question, you can start looking for information (you can find a list of helpful tools here). 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: understand the perspective in each particular source so that you can put the information in context.
  • Assess (internet) sources critically.
  • Select recent sources.

Step 3: process information

  • Keep track of your search methods through notes, doodles, schematic overviews, etc.
  • 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

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Last modified Nov. 17, 2023, 4:30 p.m.