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Conducting your literature review

Running your search and reporting search terms

Finalising your search strings and search strategy

Academic searching is different to everyday searching. Often what we search for in our personal lives has a known answer, whereas with academic searching the questions are complex and do not have a simple answer.

Academic searching is an iterative process. We identify the concepts/themes of our research topic, then think of keywords to search for information on these concepts/themes. As we carry out searches, we alter the keywords we have identified depending upon the results returned. Then we re-search, all the time combining and analysing information using multiple sources.

Searching and finalising keywords/search strings is an iterative process that takes a lot of time.