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Advanced Research & Doctoral Dissertation

Researching the Literature

Now that you have a plan in place for how to manage the flood of information that is to come, it is time to start finding some articles! Unless you are doing a metanalysis, I strongly advise you to avoid keyword searching as much as possible!  My goal going into any search is to transition away from keywords as quickly as possible! 

So the overall process will look like this: 

  1. Start with keyword searches until you have found one or two solid articles
  2. Transition to looking up bibliography citations in your found articles
  3. Build citation chains to find related articles that are connected to your selected articles
  4. Repeat steps two and three until you reach saturation (you're not really finding anything new)