For help completing your literature/artefact review please see the following links:
This short (2 mins) video from the Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University provides a quick introduction to literature reviews.
|An answerable question|
'Successfully retrieving relevant information begins with a clearly defined, well-structured question.'
Davies, KS 2011, 'Formulating the evidence based practice question: a review of the frameworks', Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 75.
Developing a Research Question (Academic Skills, University of Melbourne)
A range of standardised frameworks have been developed to assist in developing focused, answerable questions which can be easily broken down into searchable components for more relevant results.
Planning your search will help you find information more efficiently. Start by:
A table or mindmap (see 'Using mindmaps to plan assignments') can be a useful strategy for doing this.
For example, you could create the table below if your topic was
How will machine learning impact the future of architecture?
|Synonyms (similar concepts)||
Tip: As you search, you may come across more concepts or synonyms you can incorporate. Don't be afraid to change or modify your search as you go.
Now you need to connect your search concepts together to form different search strategies. The table below summarises how they work:
|Operator words||What it does||Example|
||"machine learning" AND architecture|
"machine learning" OR automation OR AI OR "artificial intelligence"
||"artificial intelligence" NOT robotics|
Remember to use "quotation marks" to keep phrases together.
Try the activity below to check your understanding of using operator words.
Once you've built a search strategy, you can apply it in search tools. Check out this video on Choosing where to search and the example searches below.
The Library Collection can be a useful starting point in locating information. Use the advanced search to split your concepts on to different rows.
Use Refine my results on the left hand side to narrow your results. The following are useful refinements to try:
The Library Collection does not list everything we have access to. Try a database when you are not finding relevant results in the Collection or if you want to restrict your results to a specific discipline, topic area or material type.
Here is an example within ProQuest Central. Proquest Central is a multidisciplinary database covering 160 subject areas including architecture, interior architecture, communication design, contemporary art, industrial design and urban and regional planning. Ensure you only use references from this database that are from the relevant subject areas as you may find a reference from an unrelated subject area that seems relevant but might not be appropriate to include in your literature review.
Example Advanced Search
Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. You will be able to link directly to articles that the library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link. Search in Google Scholar directly from the Library homepage for best access to full-text references.
The Advanced search option gives more flexibility when you search. To access it, select the hamburger menu (three lines) in the top left corner of Google Scholar. This menu will appear once you do an initial search in Google Scholar.
Here is an example:
BrowZine™ allows you to easily access and browse journals available online via UniSA. Access via Library homepage > Journals.
For your literature review, it is important that your references are from relevant sources. Within BrowZine, from the left-hand menu you can filter down to your subject discipline.
Why look for existing theses?
Have a look at our online guide to Theses.
This guide will help you to search databases to find theses, find exemplars and share your thesis through the Research Outputs Repository.
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