Library workshop – HGO4011 – Philosophy and methodology of human geography

In this workshop we will drill literature search strategies and learn how to combine keywords that is tailored to the different needs through your Master's thesis. For example how you map earlier research on the topic you are studying and find unexplored pockets for your research question.

You will learn how to:

  • practice basic boolean search methods (AND, OR, NOT, NEAR/x)
  • think systematically through terminology and synonyms 
  • goal-oriented sorting of search results to identify key-works in your field of research
  • find prospective review articles in journals
  • discover handbooks, encyclopedias and dictionaries that may help you to participate in the research frontier


  • after a short introduction you will get a list of suggestions of search methods that can be tailored to most research questions in the Masters thesis
  • each student will get a handout where they can write down author names, keywords, synonyms, phrases, to systemize their searches in relevant databases and think systematically through search terms
  • students will learn to trace previous research, and how to search using similar concepts in different contexts
  • we will talk about some procedures for quality control and how each student can practice these methods in their own research
  • students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss search strategies

Target group:

Students at HGO4011

Published Oct. 16, 2017 4:45 PM - Last modified Aug. 7, 2018 12:47 PM