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Literature Reviews in the Social Sciences: Search tips
A guide on conducting & writing literature reviews for students in the Social Sciences.
the basic vocabulary surrounding your topic (including any subject-specific jargon, synonyms, alternative phrases, etc.)
the difference between keyword and subject searching
how to use Boolean operators
how to use truncation
the different ways of sorting and limiting your results
What you will learn & need to take note of in the course of searching:
the best subject headings/keywords
Try to avoid:
spending too much time on the 'newest' articles--a lot of databases put the newest articles first. Don't forget the older stuff, it can be very relevant and influential!
getting sidetracked into articles that are only tangentially related to your field of study.
What to do when you find the 'perfect' article
Jump for joy! And then...
Find the subject headings--you can use these in new keyword or subject heading searches to find similar articles
Check the bibliography--see what sources they used, and then go find them yourself using either the catalog (for books & book chapters) or the Journals page (search for the journal titles to see if we have access)
Find the article in Web of Science, and look to see who has cited that article--this might give you ideas for how the article can be interpreted, and also an idea of its' influence (just don't expect a lot of citations for new articles). You can do this in Google Scholar, too.