ACAP LEARNING RESOURCES
Whenever possible, source literature for your review from multiple sources. If you are writing a review with a limited word count and a fast-approaching due date, it may be okay to limit your search strategy to a few of the major library databases. However, more in-depth papers should draw from a wide variety of sources, ensuring that a thorough search of the literature has been conducted.
The Choosing Resources page on the Information Skills guide will provide you with more information about where to access information sources. You can also follow these links:
Employ a systematic approach to your search by formulating a number of advanced searches and deploying each from multiple sources. One strategy is to copy and paste the same search into numerous sources, which have been opened in multiple tabs across the top of your internet browser. Take a look at the Advanced Searching tabs below and for an even more in-depth look, follow the relevant links at the bottom of this page.
Note that the first search you run probably won't be the final one. You will have several iterations along the way to finding a set of final tested search strings. As you pick up new key terms and phrases by reading through the material you find, often a new set of criteria will emerge with which to search the literature. Also, do not forget to employ citation chaining strategies once you have found relevant sources.
Record each search as you go using the template, which is located on the following page titled, Recording the Search. This template will help you write this section of the literature review and help you keep track of your search sets as they develop.
It is also important to stay organised. There are various methods of saving and organising your searches and the literature you find. They are listed on the Reference Management page in this guide