Outline for Comprehensive Science Literature Reviews
Define and Refine Your Topic
Choose a Research Topic of Interest; Think Critically About It; Formulate a Title.
Start a General Review (browse textbooks, encyclopedias, wikipedia, web pages)
Identify the Major Ideas & Issues & Researchers
Define the Time Period (i.e. how far back do you need to search the literature)
Formulate Keywords = Main Concepts & Related Terms (use thesauri, subject headings, etc.)
Craft Search Statements for Indexes/Databases/Catalogs (utilize Boolean operators, truncation,
parentheses, proximity operators, phrase searching); Record your methods.
Narrow or Broaden your Topic as appropriate based on literature search results
Search All Relevant Sources Systematically & Efficiently
Current Awareness Sources
Identify & Browse Current Issues of the Most Relevant Journals for your topic
Setup Alerts (Email; RSS) – Journal Table of Contents; Indexes; Web Pages
Grant Databases (e.