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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Our mission is… Find self-motivation Find out how to use databases Research References Portray knowledge in a written manner
We already know... Libraries are a good source of information How to get physical books and textbooks Masters theses Journals Have used some databases (but don’t know by name) Mostly have used readings given by supervisors To avoid plagiarism and how to reference It’s difficult to find stuff
We need to know... Technical knowledge Where to look for information How to source good information What’s been done in the past in that area of work Related studies Literature reviews Integrate information into research Information management
The Research ProcessDefine 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!
Open Access Sources journals individual articles, papers, the ses, etc aggregates research repostitories
Evaluating ResourcesIs it… and... relevant? Who is it written for? basic/advanced? What kind of research is it? up-to-date? How far along is the research? What questions haven’t they answered yet? accurate?