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Literature Searching: Step 4: Conducting the search

Follow our step-by-step guide to help you carry out a good literature search

What now?

So, you've broken down the question. You've thought of different words and phrases to search. And Boolean techniques. You know which databases to search. Remember to persevere with your searching. Try different combinations. It may take a few attempts and some time to find what you're looking for.

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Q&A

Q: "I'm getting thousands of results. How can I narrow my search down?"

A: Try limiting your results e.g.

... to peer reviewed articles/ books available in the library

... or just journal articles


 

...to different years


...to language

Q & A

Q: How do I find more details and link through to the full text of the article?

A: This depends on where you are searching e.g.

... or click on 'find it'

...which goes to...

 ... which goes to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occasionally, the following screen may appear. (Click on view availability)

Unfortunately, this means that we don't subscribe to this journal/article and you won't get access. Try another article instead. But if you need this article, click on Inter-Library Loan request and complete the details.We might be able to obtain this article from another Library for you. (There is no charge for this service.)

Useful Handout: Evaluating Websites

http://www.freeholdboro.k12.nj.us/Page/2072

Can you tell the difference between a good website and a bad website? How can you evaluate whether the website you are looking it is a credible source to use in academic work or assignments? The links below might help.

Hints and Tips

 

https://alejandraleon.com

Remember that many of the databases that you'll be searching will have help screens and options.