Posted by rveal included in Research Tips
Often when individuals are doing a literature review they wonder how they know it comprehensive. Both the Literature Review Search Plan and being able to answer the questions below, can help.
Have you found all the alternative terms that describe you topic?
If not, check out Using Controlled Vocabulary
Have you searched multiple databases and all of the “must search” databases for your topic?
Review the Library’s Databases A-Z list: the databases and their descriptions to see if you have missed something.
Have you reviewed the disseration research on your topic?
Check out the brief tutorial: Finding and Using Dissertations in Your Research
If you are using an instrument have you looked for reviews of the instrument?
Check out the Library’s Finding Tests & Measures guide
Have you included information regarding your chosen methodology?
Check out the Library’s Search by Methodology Guide
Have you traced your key articles back and forwards in time?
Not sure how to do this? Check out the tutorial Bibliography Mining and Cited Reference Searching
Need some other ideas or assistance with your literature review research?