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How to Search for Sources and Manage Them

How to develop a search strategy

Academic Articles

Where to search?

Link your library to Google Scholar:

1. Access the Google Scholar Settings
2. Click "Library links" on the left-hand menu
3. Type your institute's name in the search field
4. Select the checkbox next to your institute's name
5. Click "Save"

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Where to search?

  • Swisscovery
    The Library catalogue for electronic and physical resources
    Register with your Switch edu-ID to access the Library's licensed materials and collect references on your profile

    On the results page:
    Under "Resource Type", select "Articles", "Magazine Articles" or "Newspaper Articles"
    Under "Show only", you can also select "Peer-reviewed" to find articles written and evaluated by experts in the same field

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Where to search?

  • Databases
    The Library's full-text databases

Damn, We Do Not Have Access to This Article

As long as there is life, there is hope:


  • Are you sure that you are using the VPN (if you are not at the Maison de la Paix)?
  • Use a browser extension/plugin to find an open access version of the article.
  • Request a photocopy of the article through an interlibrary loan if it is available in another library (free service for members of the Graduate Institute community).
  • If you are in Switzerland, check Sci-Hub.
    Under Swiss law, it is legal to use published documents for private use, even if they have been unlawfully made available on the Internet. "Private use" includes reading and citing the documents for research, but it is illegal to redistribute these documents to other persons. If you are abroad, national regulations apply.
  • Use the hashtag #ICanHazPDF on Twitter.
  • Ask us for help:

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Pitch Perfect

When you have found a relevant article, use it as a reference and consider:

  • the author
  • the journal name
  • works cited in the article
  • the bibliography
  • works citing the article (cited by)
  • the related articles
  • the subject headings