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CMNS 362. Sylvia Roberts Liaison Librarian, Communication Spring 2010. Why a literature search?. Establish an identifiable need for your research (gap analysis) Situate your research question within a current intellectual context

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cmns 362

CMNS 362

Sylvia Roberts

Liaison Librarian, Communication

Spring 2010

why a literature search
Why a literature search?
  • Establish an identifiable need for your research (gap analysis)
  • Situate your research question within a current intellectual context
  • Increase your breadth of knowledge: key concepts, constructs, works
  • Identify opposing views
  • Review relevant methodologies

CMNS 362 - Spring 2010

characteristics of scholarly literature
Characteristics of scholarly literature
  • Vehicles to communicate research and ideas to other scholars around the world
  • Written by experts, uses language and theoretical approaches familiar to those in the discipline
  • PEER REVIEWED
  • Typically research articles include:
    • Research affiliations of authors
    • Literature review and sources consulted
    • Research methodology

CMNS 362 - Spring 2010

learning objectives for tutorials
Learning objectives for tutorials:
  • Find suitable search terms to describe your research interests
  • Select appropriate search tools for finding relevant literature
  • Use the capabilities of these tools effectively
  • Assess your search results to select scholarly research publications
  • Capitalize on your findings and/or modify your search strategy for better results

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hands on searching
Hands-on searching
  • CMNS 362 research guide
  • Exercises
  • Super searching strategies
  • Coaching & consultation

CMNS 362 - Spring 2010

can t find anything on topic
Can’t find anything on topic?
  • Cutting edge topic?
  • Too narrow a focus?
  • Maybe it’s not an area worthy of research or not trendy
  • Try thinking of related questions that you can use
  • Consult reference librarians (use Ask Us for options) or contact me

CMNS 362 - Spring 2010

good luck with your research

Good luck with your research!

Sylvia Roberts

sroberts@sfu.ca / 604-291-3681