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Evaluating the literature
It isn't enough to just find journal articles, you also need to evaluate each article and identify it's strengths and weaknesses.
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Searching for information is an iterative process. Revision is your friend!
- Define the question you are trying to answer.
- Build your search strategy.
- Perform your search.
- Analyze your search results.
- Revise your search strategy.
- Repeat steps 3 through 5 as necessary.
To better organize your search and help ensure good results, search conceptually.
- Break your research question into its individual concepts.
- List any alternate terms and spellings for each concept.
- Use these concepts and terms to build your search.