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Literature Reviews and Search Strategies Margaret Rooney Subject Librarian : Natural Sciences Session overview  What is a literature review  How to formulate a search strategy  Identifying resources  Utilising resources effectively TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY What is a literature review Literature Reviews • Reviews have always been part of Scientific Literature • Experts have always sought to collate existing knowledge and publish summaries on specific topics. What is a Literature Review A literature review is a critical, indepth evaluation of research already undertaken on a specific topic by accredited scholars and researchers. What a literature review is • A literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research or theory. • It provides a description, summary and critical evaluation of each work. • It’s overall purpose is to provide a critical evaluation of significant literature published on a topic. What it is not N.B. A literature review itself, does not present any new primary scholarship Purpose of a literature review • Assess the contribution of existing literature to the subject under review. • Allows you to demonstrate your ability to identify relevant information and to outline existing knowledge. • Allows you to identify any gap in the research thereby providing a rationale for your own. What is a systematic literature review • A clearly formulated question • Definition of methods that will be used to perform the review. • Defined search strategy to identify all available research data relevant to a particular research question. • Evaluates, appraises, selects and synthesizes the data by use of explicit methodology Systematic Review Process Systematic Reviews Why is it important to be systematic • Summarises existing knowledge on topic effectively • Peer reviewed protocol to establish search strategy selection criteria for resources to be included /excluded • Findings can be replicated. Famous Case • Single research paper published in 1998, based on 12 children suggested mmr vaccine could cause Autism • Worldwide scare – reduced uptake of vaccine, potentially very serious consequences for public health. • Definitive systematic review by Demicheli et al disputed these findings. • Example of where a systematic review helped clarify a vital public health issue. Systematic Review • Well defined methodology means results are less likely to be biased. • If studies give consistent results systematic reviews provide evidence phenomenon is robust and transferable. • Most needed when there is a substantive question and several primary studies. TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY How to formulate a search strategy Decisions Decisions Prior to searching any resource, look at your topic and decide : 1. What are the component issues 2. What are the primary keywords / phrases in my topic 3. What alternative keywords or synonyms represent each of these key topics Remember Remember, a well defined research question A clearly defined research question will help is central to an effective search strategy. with you plan an effective research strategy. Ask yourself Is your research question Specific Focused Clearly formulated Well defined Stages of a literature review Problem formulation What do you need to find out What are the component issues Decide your keywords Keywords A list of primary keywords (incl synonyms) TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY Identifying resources Where to Start Literature Search What resources do you need to consult How do you identify all potential data • Search multiple bibliographic databases • Scan bibliographies of existing reviews and eligible studies • Scan conference proceedings • Hand search key journals • Forward citation search of seminal articles (WoS) • Contact scholars working in the area • Search Internet Assessment of literature • Provenance What are the author’s credentials • Are the arguments supported by evidence (e.g. primary historical material, case studies, narratives, statistics, recent scientific findings) • Objectivity – is author’s perspective evenhanded • Value Are the arguments and conclusions convincing Does the work contribute in any significant way to an understanding of the subject Top 5 Science Journals (Impact Factor) 1. Nature 2. New England Journal of Medicine 3. Science 4. The Lancet 5. Cell Evaluating the literature . Analysis Interpretation Evaluate findings and conclusions of pertinent literature. TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY Utilising resources effectively Search Techniques How to • Understand how searches work in a database • Create a broad or narrow search • Maximise relevant results Database Searching Searching Databases 200+ bibliographic, journal and ebook databases Are listed by name and subject on library website Identify databases relevant to your subject area Database Searching Using PubMed as an example Database Searching PubMed • PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. • Citations may include links to fulltext content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Controlled Vocabulary To facilitate search retrieval by eliminating (or accounting for) the use of variant terminology for the same concept. Controlled Vocabulary MeSH MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed. For example when searching for German Measles it recommends you use the term Rubella. Boolean Operators AND OR NOT These three Boolean operators allow you to combine terms to narrow or broaden your search. Boolean Operators AND narrows (combines) Boolean Operators OR broadens (either /or) Boolean Operators NOT narrows (excludes) Tips to narrow search To narrow • Combine by using And operator • Phrase Searching Limit your search by • language • date range • type of publication etc. Example  “drug addiction” AND teenager, english language only Tips to broaden search To Broaden • Use the operator Or • Remove some search terms, or use more general terms • Truncate your search term • Think of alternative spellings • Wild card operators Search Techniques Examples • “back pain” OR “back ache” • Truncation : = therap ;therapy; therapies; therapeutic; therapeutics; • Organisation or organization, connection or connexion, defence or defense, theatre or theater • Wildcard operator behavior = behaviour or behavior EXAMPLE What causes some children to be bullies What causes some children to be bullies • Decide keywords • Look at synonyms • Truncation • Combine Terms Help Available • Always useful to check out the help section on the database • Will tell you what wildcard and truncation symbols are • Give sample searches. Elements of a literature review • Overview of the topic • Objectives of the review itself. • Categorise positions taken – in favour, against and alternative viewpoints • Compare and contrast them. • Which arguments are the most convincing and why Library Catalogue  Stella Catalogue – works like a search engine – shows entries with search terms weighted by relevance  Classic Catalogue AZ index Coverage same in both Trinity College Catalogues • Stella • Classic • Accessions (18721964) (80 of this catalogue also in Stella/Classic) • 1872 Catalogue online (pre 1872) • Marloc – 20,000 manuscripts archives from 13 C • Digital Collections books, maps, paintings, manuscripts photographs. Database providers linked to Stella • EBSCO • JSTOR • ProQuest • ISI Chosen for multidisciplinary coverage ebsco • EBSCO JSTOR • Area Studies (586 titles) • Arts (1548 titles) • Business Economics (1924 titles) • History (7510 titles) • Humanities (7725 titles) • Law (785 titles) • Medicine Allied Health (579 titles) • Science Maths (2731 titles) • Social Sciences (10592 titles) ProQuest • Dissertation Theses • Historical Newspapers • Guardian (18212003) • Observer (1791 – 2003) • Irish Times (1859 – 2007) • Times of India (1838 2007) • ProQuest Nursing Allied Health Source ISI • Science Citation Index (1945) • Social Science Citation Index (1956) • Arts Humanities (1975) Access to current retrospective information from approximately 8,700 research journals. Library Website • Library catalogues • Library eresources (books, journals databases) • Subject Guides Can be accessed off campus Trinity Beyond • Interlibrary loans Other Libraries • ALCID Card • Letters of Introduction • MusicPAL ALCID Card Participating Institutions Duty Librarian Service (BLU) Duty Librarian Service (Hamilton) Further Support: • Find out who your subject Librarian is • Duty Librarian service • Library website.