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Structured information searching

Document the search

To create an overview and for the search to be possible to redo, it is important to document your search.

The documentation should contain:

  • The database’s (and database supplier’s) name
  • The date when the search was made
  • The exact search words
  • How the search words have been combined
  • The limitations the have been used

Use the search history

The search history that the databases provide can be a good help when you document your searching.

One recommendation is to copy your search blocks to a Word document. This gives a clear overview and you can reuse your search words by “copying and pasting" in your search words from the Word document to the respective database.