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October 12, 2011

My top tips for a new PhD student, on literature searching

Here is an adapted excerpt from some recent correspondence with a new PhD student at Warwick:

If I were you then I would start by building your list of places you wish to search...

...then look at the keywords you wish to use,

...then start searching in earnest.

Don’t underestimate how long it will take you to do all of this!

Do be organised so that you can refer to your records at a later stage, and set up accounts and alerts as you go along so that you don’t have to do the same searches over and over again.

Do also record places that you choose not to search and why, and keywords that you choose not to use, and why.

There is often a strange, panicky moment when you think you’ve discovered a new source of information or search strategy, a year or two down the line… and then it turns out that you did know about it but had good reasons not to use it then which might still apply or not, as your research evolves.

It’s quite easy to forget what you did at this stage so recording things is important: you’ll probably find your own system for this, although we suggest some useful methods at the RSSP workshops for PhD students:

January 31, 2011

Literature searching for PhD students

Writing about web page

These slides were delivered by Library staff at a workshop last week (and previously in November), as part of the Research Student Skills Programme co-ordinated by our Student Careers and Skills department.  

The slides themselves are pretty dull and more as a kind of handout for students to re-cap, but the session is much more interactive, with live demonstrations and time for students to search during the session itself.

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