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PhD Session. Kate Purcell, Subject Librarian k.purcell@bbk.ac.uk Tel: 020 7631 6062. Literature Searching. A systematic and thorough review of published literature in all formats To establish that no-one else has already undertaken your piece of research To find existing relevant research - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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PhD Session Kate Purcell, Subject Librariank.purcell@bbk.ac.uk Tel: 020 7631 6062 Literature Searching A systematic and thorough review of published literature in all formatsTo establish that no-one else has already undertaken your piece of researchTo find existing relevant research To establish general patterns and areas of disputeLiterature Searching Key stagesDetermine and analyse concepts in your proposalIdentify search terms Identify relevant bibliographic toolsConsider search strategiesAnalyse your research areaWho are the main proponents?What are the main principles?Were there any significant events?What were the precursors and subsequent developments?Are there opposing or counter theories?Identify search terms List key words and then consider.Variant spellingsAmerican English e.g.our vs. orPluralsPrefixes and hyphensAlternative termsRelated terms wider / narrower conceptsBibliographic toolsDatabases that help you identify what has been published in your subjectWhich is best for your subject? Check the scope and coverage Become familiar with the interfaceSame search principles apply to different interfacesSearch principlesPhrase searching: exact phrases in quotation marksTruncation: asterisk after the word stemWildcards: for variant spellings Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOTProximity searching: specify how close keywords are to each otherSearch principlesWildcardsA question mark stands for any letterE.g. organi?ation will find organisation and organizationA dollar sign stands for any or no letter E.g. labo$r will find labour and laborCitation IndexesExtensive subject coverageAcademic peer-reviewed titlesLists who has cited an articleUseful for tracing research and development of theoriesIdentify key authors / journals in a fieldIdentify trends in researchCitation IndexesRegister for additional featuresSave your search historiesSet up weekly or monthly email alerts with new results of your saved searchSet up citation alerts**********

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