Conducting a Literature Search. Nola du Toit Center for Family and Demographic Research Workshop Series Spring 2008. What is a Literature Search?.
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Nola du Toit
Center for Family and Demographic Research
“A literature search is a well thought out and organized search for all of the literature published on a topic. A well-structured literature search is the most effective and efficient way to locate sound evidence on the subject you are researching. Evidence may be found in books, journals, government documents and the internet.”1
1. Research Journals
3. Online reports
Click on the title opens the abstract.
Number of times cited in database
Narrow by subject
If it is not online, check to see if it is on the shelf
Enter journal title or search by subject
Search by keyword, author, etc
If not, request the item
Can search for books and articles
Can do an advanced search
“Find it with OLinks” links to full text version
Link to articles that cited the work
Link to related articles