It’s time to buckle down now and get started on some literature searching. I know that I’ve been teaching people how to do literature searching for such a long time, but now that it’s my turn, it’s a little intimidating.
So, from what I used to teach people, here is what I need to do:
- Leave no stone unturned
- Start with generic Library databases and construct some search strings that bring back results
- Set search alerts
- Broaden search to other databases (this won’t be hard considering that the UniSA library only has TWO databases listed under the subject heading of “Library“).
- Identify any key/useful journal titles and subscribe to table of contents alerts.
See, not that hard really is it?
Clarifies thinking, it’s used as a road map
The proposal needs to be done to evaluate the feasibility of my plan (hey, I know it’s worthwhile!!!!),Â just have to convince them… and keep them distracted by it, so that I can get on with what I’m doing.
Midway through last year I started working on a concept map for a book chapter that I was writing. The chapter is calledÂ Making Dreams Reality: The Sustainable Public Library and is part of a text called Future Library; How will we manage? which will be published later this year by the Centre for Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.
I use open source software called Free Mind for all of my concept mapping. It’s a great piece of software and I recommend downloading it and giving it a try.
This map dates back to August 2009 and as the scope of my PhD develops, I’ll post a new version of the concept map.