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Literature Review on Web of Science Database
The Oxford Guide to Library Research by
Publication Date: 2015-03-27
This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine your research entirely, or even primarily, to sources available on the open Internet? Second, if you are trying to get a reasonably good overview of the literature on a particular topic, rather than just "something quickly" on it, what are the several alternative methods of subject searching--which are not available on the Web--that are usually much more efficient for that purpose than typing keywords into a blank search box, with the results displayed by relevance-ranking computer algorithms?
1. Divide topic into general concepts
Example: In the question, "How power plants affect the ecosystem in Pittsburgh?" the concepts are: ecosystem, power plants, and Pittsburgh.
2. Think of synonyms and related terms
Example: Related terms of "power plant" can be "electricity generation" and "power station"
3. Use Boolean search method (search by combining your keywords using and, or, not)
Double quotes are used to combine words into a single search term.
The AND/OR/NOT keyword is used for logical AND/OR/NOT.
Example: "Ecosystem" AND "power plant"
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