Answered On Last Updated: Jan 30, 2023

How can I find original studies/original research articles for my topic?

In databases, you can narrow down your options to research articles (also sometimes listed as "scholarly" and/or "peer reviewed" in databases) or choose a database that only includes research articles.

You can find guidance on searching for peer reviewed articles on the Library Catalogue in the FAQ How do I search for peer-reviewed articles?

Finding original studies

To find original studies for your topic, use the Library Catalogue Advanced Search function.

Type your topic into the first one or two search boxes and then use another box to type:  "methods OR results OR study" as shown here in the second box. 

Library catalogue advanced search for original studies














Use the drop down menu to choose the ABSTRACT search field for all boxes. Click search.

You can use the filters on the left side of the results page to focus your search results further.


For more information on searching the Library Catalogue, we have a dedicated page entitled Welcome to UR Library Search which will provide you with more information.

If you would like help with research skills, then you can book a session with our Learning and Teaching Librarian through the Library Workshops and Events Calendar.

You can also find research skills guidance on the Online Study Tool Kit.