STEMskiller: Skill Set Map for Mentors of Early Career Researchers
Searching the literature
(also scholarly information retrieval and literature reviews: scholarly literature v. non-scholarly, identifying state-of-the-art; description v. synthesis)
Science ideally pushes forward the boundaries of human understanding of problems and issues. Comprehensive scholarly literature reviews are essential for understanding the state-of-the art in one’s field and for synthesizing, or “putting together” a comprehensive perspective of research perspectives that have come before.
Useful resources on Scholarly information retrieval:
IUPUI University Library. (2020). Literature Review: A Self-Guided Tutorial. https://iupui.libguides.com/literaturereview/home.
Detailed, step-by-step instructions and links to additional information for each step of the literature review process (use your local library if you require personal assistance). Includes quizzes to test general knowledge.
Lau F., Kuziemsky C. (Ed.). (2017). Chapter 9: Methods for literature reviews. Handbook of eHealth evaluation: An evidence-based approach. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK481583/
Applicable to all disciplines. Provides definition and rationale for performing literature reviews, process and steps, and further reading.
Tags: IPS IA; IPS CritT; IPS CreaT; IPS R; IPS IL; IAL IntL; CompS; CompTS; CompGS
Peer Review: None
Table of contents:
- 1.2. Academic reading and writing
- 1.2.1. Preparing to write
- 126.96.36.199. Analysis and synthesis
188.8.131.52. Critical reading
184.108.40.206. Critical thinking
220.127.116.11. Evaluating use and misuse of scientific information
18.104.22.168. Reading and interpreting graphs, plots, statistical data
22.214.171.124. Organizing a writing project
126.96.36.199. Citing correctly and reference/citation management tools
188.8.131.52. Copyright: definition, why considered important/or not important, things to consider
- 1.2.3. Grant proposals
- 1.2.4. Corresponding with others
Author: Stephanie Krueger
Peer Reviewer(s): None
Last Updated: October 22, 2021