Steps to Conducting a Literature Search
1. Identify your keywords based on your research question.
2. Identify your databases.
3. Create your search statement.
4. Evaluate your results. Broaden or narrow your search topic.
5. Redo search.
4. Keep track of your search results.
5. Identify relevant papers and download to a reference management software.
It is useful to keep track of the searches that you have done. Most databases allow you to create an account to save the searches that you have done. Look for a "Sign in", "Register" or "My Account" option.
Documenting your searches is not necessary for narrative literature reviews but keeping track will help you stay organized.
To locate journal articles you need to use a database. There are several different databases that can be used depending on your topic.
Subject Specific Databases are listed on the subject guides for each subject usually on the Articles/Databases page.
You can find out who has cited a particular article in order to find related information on a topic by using several different databases including Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus.
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