Beyond keyword searching
Other tips for finding literature on your topic:
If you are suffering from "keyword search burnout", there are other methods for finding material. These methods should be regularly employed as part of your search process.
- Read the bibliographies of the resources you have already found – chances are you’ll find some additional leads to materials.
- Look for "related publication" links. If you use Google Scholar, in your list of results you will notice that it provides "cited by" and "related article" links. These can lead you to additional information on your topic.
- Search by author. If you know the name of an author who has written extensively in your field, use Summon or Google Scholar to see if you can locate more of his/her works. Both Summon and Google Scholar allow you to search by author name (look for this option in their "Advanced Search" screen)
- Search for theses and dissertations on your topic. Theses and dissertations have extensive bibliographies. If you can find one on your topic, it's another source for resources. The Library has a subscription to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses databases which provides access to most North American theses and dissertations published between 1997 - present. Check it out here.
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