- Discovery – find out what has been published based on a shortlist of keywords agreed among the members of the research team, or between student and supervisor.
- Retrieval – acquire the documents, preferably electronically, so that they can be placed in a closed repository for the research team.
- Evaluation – for each document, ascertain whether it is relevant, perhaps revising the list of search terms as a result, and develop definitions of terms for a glossary of concepts that cites publications where specific definitions are used, given or implied.
- Classification – for each document decide what this is about in relation to the emerging glossary of concepts (terms) and also in terms of whether it appears to the result of research, experience or personal opinion.
- Description – for each document, provide a few sentences that summarize its relevance to the project
Saturday, 14 February 2009
All research involves starting with what is known on a topic and building on it. All research projects need some basic work to enable the researchers to produce something that is developmental and useful. Comprehensive literature searchers are important, but probably quite rare, especially in our field. Here is a process that ought to be followed, and that research supervisors and funders should encourage and support:
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