A literature review is an iterative process, which you control yourself. You can execute several steps to make sure that you have performed a thorough literature review. These steps are described in this LibGuide Literature Search.
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The Block Search Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. You should be able to cut and paste the resulting string into most databases’ search boxes.
This builder is part of the LibGuide Literature Search in which all steps for finding scientific literature are described.
Name your core concepts (1,2 and 3) in the upper row, and your alternate terms for each concept in the rows below.
Clicking the 'create-button' will combine all terms into a proper search query/string.
Now copy and paste the above search string into a database search box.
The 'Search Strategy Builder' was developed by the University of Arizona Libraries(CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
When performing an extensive literature search, don’t only look to the key terms of your research question or topic.
Also bear in mind the following terms:
To find alternative search terms: