A guide for UW Tacoma undergraduates working on literature reviews.
Basic Research Strategy
Identify your initial Search Terms.
Use the basic concepts related to your topic and their synonyms for your search terms.
Refine your search.
Use the Advanced Search option found in the research databases you've identified to limit by date, scholarly journals,
Use Boolean operators to target relevant sources.
Make a Record of your search.
Use your research log to track the information you collect.
Use the "Save Search" options offered with the databases you use for your research.
Use a citation management system to track your sources.
Organization - Keeping Track of Your Research
Organizing and keeping track of your research is a critical component of efficiently conducting a literature review. To avoid frustration keeping a research log is highly recommended for research management. Use it to: