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  • 1. Conducting a Literature Review.This quick guide provides you with an introduction into the different stepsinvolved in carrying out a literature review.What is a literature review?A literature search is an organised, step by step search for all the materialavailable on a topic. 4 Steps 1. Define your research topic and Identify your keywords 2. Search the main databases relevant to your subject. 3. Download/ collate the articles of highest relevance 4. Analyse the citations/references at the end of each of the sources to provide further relevant references.1. Define your research topic and Identify your keywordsLook at your research topic and try to identify a list of words or phrases likely toobtain results. From this list try to choose up to 5 that are the most likely to yieldresults. Think about which words you want to exclude and include.2. Search the main databases relevant to your subject.What are the most appropriate sources of information for your research topic?  Ask your Faculty Team Librarian for help.  You can access an Information Skills module on Blackboard (VLE) via the Student Portal. There is a section on Literature Searching that includes subject specific tutorials, live searches and videos describing how to carry out a search on a database.Dave Hirst, JRUL: Conducting a Literature Review: May 2011
  • 2. DatabasesNow you have defined a specific list of keywords you now need to search the keydatabases in your field.Go to the EEE Subject Pages and search the relevant databases.3. Download/ collate the articles of highest relevanceEndnote – Reference Management SoftwareAfter searching the databases you will need to keep a record of your searchresults. The University supports Endnote which is a popular bibliographicreference manager package, available for both Windows and Mac.Endnote enables you to download references from a wide range of databases,store, organise and retrieve your references, cite them in your dissertations andarticles and produce bibliographies and reading lists in a variety of formats.The JRUL offers training in Endnote and you can also access an online tutorial.4 Analyse the citations/references at the end of each of the sources to provide further relevant references.Spend some time checking the references at the end of the articles you havelocated to see if there are any other relevant articles.Online interactive tutorials.Anomalous Hall Effect in Ferromagnetic Semiconductors: is an online interactivetutorial that introduces Electrical and Electronic engineering undergraduates tothe Compendex database and how to use it to generate information for projectand dissertation work.Quantum Efficiency in a Solar Cell is an online interactive tutorial that introducesAerospace engineering undergraduates to the Scopus database and how to useit to generate information for project and dissertation work.ENDNOTE - an online interactive tutorial that provides a basic introduction to thisreference tool manager.Dave Hirst, JRUL: Conducting a Literature Review: May 2011