Welcome to Day 2 of the Literature Review Challenge!
Building on your research topic, and question(s) that you defined (or refined) yesterday, today we will look at approaches to ramping up your literature search skills.
Some Places to Find Literature (plus caveats!)
Watch the brief video below for search strategies that will optimize your use of our various databases.
Additional examples that build on the video above include:
If you are overwhelmed by your results, consider ways to focus your search, like adding relevant terms with AND, such as a term related to geographic regions or populations of interest.
Your Challenge: Try One (or Two!) Advanced Search Strategies
2. Then, use one (or more!) of the advanced search strategies in the database you chose to find literature relevant to your research question(s). Not sure how to proceed in the database you chose? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll brainstorm together!
3. Go back to the research question that you defined or refined on Day 1, and consider if it needs any adjustments at this point.
Optional, Awesome BONUS Challenge 1
Try One (or Two!) of the Advanced Search Strategies Above in a Different Database Related to Your Research Interests. This will give you additional practice with these skills, and provide a broader perspective on your topic.
Optional, Awesome BONUS Challenge 2
Google Hack Your Research Topic! Spend some time trying these Google hacks to see what you can find on your research topic.
Congratulations on Completing Day 2 of the Challenge!
But wait, there's more! There are myriad additional strategies to explore, like:
If any of this piques your interest, or if you'd simply like an expert sounding board, here's another plug for our subject librarians, who are ready to brainstorm with you regarding your research and creative interests. Please reach out - we'd love to connect with you!
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