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Good to know when using bib.kglakademi.dk

Too few results?
--> Expand your search:

  • use *  to include varieties of endings:
    eg. sustainab* --> Sustainability and sustainable
  • use ? to replace a letter:
    eg. wom?n --> woman and women
  • use "OR" to include alternative search terms:
    eg. hus OR house

Too many search results?
--> refine your search:

  • filter results by date, language or place of publication
  • use "NOT" to exclude search terms
    eg. sustainability NOT climate
  • pick material type (eg. articles, graduation programmes...)

Search specifically:

  • use "AND" to combine two search terms:
    sustainability AND building
  • use citation marks to search for phrases
    eg. "Building engineering"


Search strategies

Your search for literature can be helped tremendously by a good search strategy.
As a general rule, it can make sense to start broad and narrow your search to become more and more specific.
You can use the following approaches:

Free-text searches / unsystematic searches ("quick-and-dirty")

  • Often the first search on the internet or in encyclopedias. very broad with few, common keywords
  • Provides a quick overview over related keywords (key concepts, terms, authors...) and subject databases for further research

Systematic searches

  • systematic probing of keywords in all relevant databases. Keywords e.g. found via free-text search (see above), include key concepts, terms, synonyms, alternative spelling, search keywords in other languages
  • combination of keywords via "AND", "OR" and "NOT" to expand or refine searches
  • filtering of search results, e.g. by time period, geography or source type (e.g. journal articles, newspaper entries...)
  • repetition of searches to include the newest sources added to searched databases

Search by citation (Chain search)

  • use one source's bibliography/list of references to find your next source
  • bear in mind: the longer your search chain, the older the source at the end of the chain

Ask a librarian

Do not hesitate to contact us so we can help you with your search:

Phone: 41 70 17 00
Mail: bibliotek@kadk.dk