For what purpose should you conduct a bibliographic query, ie a review of the available literature on the subject?

A query of the subject literature is necessary to verify the area of your interests. The lack of a topic discussed in detail in the subject literature may become a problem in theoretical considerations, because we will not have anything to relate to our research assumptions.

However, it should be remembered that in turn a subject that is too broadly discussed may become a cause of poor selection of literature, because we will not know what to focus our attention on, so that our work is concrete and clear and, above all, coincide with the topic.

There is therefore no golden measure when it comes to the multiplicity and availability of scientific positions on the market. You should approach each query rationally and pay attention only to the problems we are interested in regarding a given topic.

Before you start your bibliographic query, consider:

  • What discipline (or what discipline or sub-discipline) are related to our area of interest?
  • How can the topic be refined to make the search more concrete?
  • How do you take notes to make them as effective and useful as possible when writing a job?
  • Once we answer the above questions, then we can go to the next stage of our activities, namely to find the necessary literature. When writing about literature, I mean different kinds of monographs (books) as well as scientific articles.

The subject literature can be found, inter alia, in:

  • Library and reading room – using the entry directories we will find there interesting items and immediately use them on the spot or rent them (I will not describe how to use catalogs in the library, because I assume that every student passed the first year of study library training and will he could find himself in this place).
  • On the Internet – using this source one should remember that not every text or information contained on the Internet will constitute a source of knowledge for us. The easiest way to verify this fact will be to find footnotes and bibliographies in the text. Each scientific text must have a bibliography, or scientific sources on which the author’s or author’s considerations have been based. On the Internet you can also find books that are available as part of Open Access, ie free, open access for all users. Nowadays, publications are published more and more as part of this access, in order to facilitate the use of collections for the potential recipient. The Internet can also be used as a directory in which we will find interesting items and:
  • or they will be available online and we will be able to use them;
  • or they will serve us as information about the title and author, with whom we will be able to go to the library or reading room.
  • How can I search for information on the topic that interests us on the Internet?

Of course, we can enter the terms that are of interest to us in any search engine, but we will not achieve the goal we intend to achieve. Usually there will be residual information of random, unknown authors or notes of other students placed on the network, which absolutely can not be a source in our bachelor or master thesis!

A way that can be useful during a bibliographic query is, for example, the Google Scholar search engine, in which we find only books and scientific articles that de facto interest us. By entering in Scholar Google the password we are interested in, we will receive a list of publications that have appeared so far worldwide or only on the American market (it depends on which option we are interested in and which we will highlight).

By entering the password we are interested in, for example: prostitution, we receive items that we can use to look for literature describing the problem that we want to deal with.

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