How not to reinvent the wheel or Literature Searching for ENCH400 2011
Our mission is… Designing various processing plants Research about process, methods Literature review - find books/journals Find suppliers/costings Compare alternatives Summarise information Design a process
We already know... Multisearch Databases – Science Direct, Engineering Village, Web of Science Springer Link Wikipedia Google Info from lectures
We need to know... How to do a proper literature review How to enter keywords into databases What to look for Decipher results – reliable / unreliable Citations
The Research Process Define your topic What information do you need? Who would have written about it? Where? Find information Judge it – is it reliable? relevant? – does it point in new directions? – is it enough? or do you still need more? Analyse and synthesise Cite all sources!
Chemistry focus journal articles,review articles,patents,who’s cited who substances,reactions,prices search by phraseor by structure
aka Compendex Engineering focus who’s cited who journal articles search by topic and/or author
General science journal articles,review articles who’s cited who search by topic and/or author
Evaluating Resources Is it… and... relevant? Who is it written for? basic/advanced? What kind of research is it? How far along is the research? up-to-date? What questions haven’t they answered yet? accurate?