Conventional Methods & Recent
Presented by :- ANAMIKA BANERJEE , 115217
LAYOUT OF PRESENTATION
3 •SEARCH STRATEGY
•SOURCES OF LITERATURE
WHAT IS A LITERATURE SURVEY???
“A systematic and thorough search of all
types of published literature as well as other
sources including dissertation, theses in
order to identify as many items as possible
that are relevant to a particular topic .”
- GASH, 1989
SIGNIFICANCE OF LITERATURE
To discover what information exists in our topic of
To form a starting point for our own work.
To give scholarly authority to our work.
To make effective use of our time by focusing on
To avoid duplication.
! BEWARE OF PLAGIARISM !!!
FIRST, DEFINE THE TERMS
One Can Also Take The Help Of Online Available
References and Dictionaries!!!
one of the most important
sources of gaining
information. They cover
areas such as physical
processes, uses, economic,
health and environmental
SETTING LIMITS TO THE RESEARCH
How far back we want our research to go???
Avoid too long a time period.
Decide how widespread our search should be.
Eliminate the languages we don’t
Be prepared to be flexible as
the search progresses, we might
re- think the scope and terms
of our research.
SOURCES OF LITERATURE
The D.E.I. Central Library now has
about 1.5 lakh books on various subjects.
It subscribes to 180 journals of national and international
repute, along with magazines and newspapers for general
The library also houses rich reference Collection viz.,
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Americana,
Specific Subject Encyclopaedias and other reference
Central Library holdings also include dissertations, doctoral
theses and project reports on various subjects.
Use for finding books, e-books (on line lib.
Catalogue), journal titles, theses,
Not suitable for finding resources at
item level – eg: journal articles or book
If you know the book, search on author
Also search keywords
E- JOURNAL SERVICE AT CENTRAL
We can access full text databases of the popular
international publishers and span through several
journals of international repute.
Journals are vital source of up to date research. They can
also provide information on various specialized topics.
The journal in which the article appears
identifies itself as a peer or refereed journal.
Articles are reviewed by an editorial or
Authors are affiliated with universities,
colleges, or prestigious research centers
References are cited at the end of articles
The internet is widely used and readily accessible. It
can provide practically instant information on most of
the topics .
Bear in mind that anyone can post information on the
Internet so the quality may not be reliable.
The information you find may be intended for a general
audience and is usually less detailed.!
Can search for
books and articles
Can do an
Title links to
of full text.
Link to articles
that cited the
& Link to
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: These can be
useful in providing the latest research, or research that
has not been published.
They are also helpful in providing information about
people in different research areas, and so can be helpful in
tracking down other works by the same researcher.
Many government departments and corporation
commissions carry out research. Their published
findings can provide a useful source of information,
depending on our field of study.
THESES AND DISSERTATIONS: These can be
useful sources of information. However there are
they can be difficult to obtain since they are not
published, but are generally only available from the
library or inter - library systems
the student who carried out the research may not be an
experienced researcher and therefore we might have to
treat their findings with more caution than published
Conducting Research – Dr. Rasha Salama
Conducting a Literature Survey - Nola du Toit
Multiple purpose of a literature review – Sarah Gash