Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Intro to Literature Searching Session
Here is what I covered today:
**Invited to help you prepare for the literature searching aspect of your research projects**
- What is scientific literature? including:
- What is the lifecycle of scientific information?
- What is peer review?
- What is the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary literature?
- How do you search for scientific literature? including:
- What can library databases do for you that Google and Wikipedia (most often) can't?
- How do you choose which database to search? (There are 100's!)
- How do you develop a database search strategy?
- How do you successfully input a search strategy into a database?
- How do you expand searches with too few results AND/OR narrow searches with too many results?
Here is what I didn't get to cover, but you can explore on your own, or ask me questions about at any time:
Getting Help - Purdue: