How Can the Library Help?
The Upstate Health Sciences Library has a number of librarians who can assist with a literature search.
A literature search consultation might include one or more of the following:
- Refining the research topic to an answerable question
- Recommending information sources or databases for the search topic
- Identifying relevant search terms
- Creating and executing search strategies
- Suggesting reference management software and strategies
A librarian can also provide you with an expert search, which may include:
- Refinement of the search question
- Search term identification
- Identification of sources and databases to be searched
- Search strategy formulation and documentation
- Execution of searches
Are you interested in performing a systematic review? These types of reviews are more complex than a general literature review. See our Systematic Review Methods guide to learn more.
Do you want to meet with a librarian? Complete our Literature Review Request Form:
Before You Meet With Your Librarian
A meeting with a librarian will be most beneficial for you if you first do a little bit of planning and searching on your own. Prior to meeting with an librarian, we recommend that you:
- Have a clear and concise understanding of your research question
- Be prepared to discuss the scope of your project, including limits on the body of literature
- Brainstorm search terms associated with your topics (acronyms, synonyms, and variations on spelling)
- Note any relevant literature you have found so far
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