Questions to Consider as you Review the Literature
You will likely go through the search process a number of times, performing different searches with different keyword combinations, to address the different components of your topic.
|#1 Identify your question. Identify the key concepts and related terms. Tip: You may want to re-phrase your question. Background reading can help you identify related terms and further define or narrow your topic.||Explore reference lists to locate other articles, books, or authors who have written on the same topic.|
|#2 Find an appropriate search tool. Consider your subject matter, discipline of study, type of information needed (e.g. peer reviewed articles)||Locate cited by literature to view more recent similar or adjacent research.|
#3 Start with a simple search based on your key concepts. Tip: You may also have to look at literature that refers to one (not all) aspects of your research question.
|Browse the table of contents of relevant journals and special issues.|
#4 Use specific search strategies.
|Review bibliographies or reading lists to locate recommended or key resources.|
|#5 Search and skim results. Look for the language and terms that researchers use and that the database assigns to articles (Subjects).||Locate an expert Locate an expert the the field and browse their publications.|
|#6 Switch up your searches. Use promising new terminology. Your search may become more sophisticated.|
Hello! I'm Elizabeth Salmon, the Social Science Librarian at Vassar. I'm looking forward to working with you during your library visit on Thurs. 9/14. Before we meet, please take five minutes or so to view the two videos below, and consider,
We'll begin the library session with a debrief of the videos. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com, or visit my office, Main Library, Rm 117. See you soon!
Research 101: Format Matters, University of Washington Libraries (3:41)
Why We Cite. UNC Writing Center (2:06; view only through 1:50)
Bonus Video: Joining the (Scholarly) Conversation. Clemson University (1:12)