The “literature” is the written conversation between scientists about what they’ve found out (by reading or experimenting).Searching the literature is all about learning who the cool people are and where they hang out.
Research process is iterative – as you learn more, you constantly refine your strategies and even your research question.For the best research questions, the answer doesn’t exist yet! You’re looking for clues that will let you piece together the puzzle yourself.
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How not to reinvent the wheel - Literature Searching for ENCH400 2011
How not to reinvent the wheel<br />or Literature Searching for ENCH400<br />2011<br />
Our mission is…<br />Designing various processing plants<br />Research about process, methods<br />Literature review - find books/journals<br />Find suppliers/costings<br />Compare alternatives<br />Summarise information<br />Design a process<br />
We already know...<br />Multisearch<br />Databases – Science Direct, Engineering Village, Web of Science<br />Springer Link<br />Wikipedia<br />Google<br />Info from lectures<br />
We need to know...<br />How to do a proper literature review<br />How to enter keywords into databases<br />What to look for<br />Decipher results – reliable / unreliable<br />Citations<br />
The Research Process<br />Define your topic<br /> What information do you need?<br /> Who would have written about it? Where?<br /> Find information<br /> Judge it – is it reliable? relevant?<br /> – does it point in new directions?<br /> – is it enough? or do you still need more?<br /> Analyse and synthesise<br /> Cite all sources!<br />
General science<br />journal articles,review articles<br />who’s cited who<br />search by topic and/or author<br />
Evaluating Resources<br />Is it…<br />and...<br />relevant?<br />Who is it written for?<br />basic/advanced?<br />What kind of research is it?<br />How far along is the research?<br />up-to-date?<br />What questions haven’t they answered yet?<br />accurate?<br />