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Literature searching is considered an organized or structured way to search for relevant literature on a particular subject in response to resolving a research question.
Here are some Tutorials to help with literature searching:
Here is a useful outline to follow when doing your literature search:
1. Select your topic
· It is advisable to state your topic as a question in order to identify the key concepts/issues you are trying to address.
2. Obtain a general overview
· You may want to use online dictionaries, encyclopaedias and printed and/or electronic books for this. This will give you the necessary background to your research area. make a list of the key concepts, theories, authors and keywords.
3. Narrow your topic
· As you start researching the topic, you will find from the general readings/overview that the topic may be too wide. Narrow down the topic until you have identified your research question and fine-tune it.
4. Decide on the type and amount of information you require
· As you read about your topic, you will get a sense of the type of information you require for your research project eg. case studies, primary source materials, statistical data, etc.
5. Examine your results: Search, refine and search again
· Search the various databases (don't forget to find the appropriate search terms in the thesauri).
· Develop your search strategy for each of the databases until you find the relevant quality resources - peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, case studies etc that are appropriate for academic study.
6. Evaluate your results
· Evaluate the results, and search again if necessary.
· Check for accuracy, authority, currency, relevancy, audience, provenance, bias etc.
Repeat all of the steps above, as necessary.
· Keep going until you do not find any new literature.
· Do make sure you set up alerts so that you can keep current on your research topic.