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Evaluate search results/references

Once you have found the literature references, you should evaluate whether these books will be useful to you. Consider:

  • the language they are written in
  • whether the subject is relevant to your specific need
  • whether they are up-to-date on your topic

You need to note the information in the literature reference in order to get hold of the the books

  • Author(s) or editor(s)
  • Title
  • Place of publication
  • Year of publication
  • Number of pages
  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

If the reference is from a library catalogue, it will also include:

  • Which library owns the book
  • Where the book is placed in the library

If you found the book in Bibsys Ask, our library catalogue, it will also say where the book can be found so you can find it yourself on the shelf or order it (see Obtaining books). If you have found it in a different database or a literature reference, you need to note the information from the reference in order to obtain the book in some other way, order it through the library or buy it.

This is an example of a book reference: