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Questions about evaluating the current state of research on a topic by searching published material.

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How should I reference the original work in a survey paper?

For example, if I want to dedicate a subsection of my survey paper to another research paper, I believe I need to reference the original paper. However, how should I do that? This subsection will have ...
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How can I enumerate the past research to show my research is noteworthy?

I'm working under a professor as a research assistant. She is preparing a proposal for research she wants to do with unmanned vehicles. A part of this proposal is showing that the past research doesn'...
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Is there a way to automatically categorise a list of journals into disciplines?

I have a list of references from a systematic review and I would like to produce some summary statistics of roughly how many come from various different disciplines. Is there a way of doing this rough ...
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how to read papers for writing a literature review article [closed]

After following a rigorous literature selection, inclusion and exclusion criteria, I have finalized (around 200) research articles for my review paper. However, now I don't know how to read those ...
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What exactly is a survey article (review article) in research?

I have seen many articles with the "Survey" tag. What exactly does a (survey article consist of? Does it contain all the history and work done related to the particular topic? My concern: Is ...
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In my thesis, do all sources I've cited need to be mentioned in the Literature Review?

I'm writing a Masters Thesis and am just not sure if every source I've cited in my thesis, I need to disuss in the Literature Review?
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Systematic Reviews: Is there a systematic way to decide which databases and sources to search?

I am conducting a systematic review with meta-analysis soon and wondering, is there a systematic way to decide on which databases and other sources (publications and grey literature) to search? It ...
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What makes a Literature Review paper good?

I am currently doing my research thesis project for my Masters/PhD in area “X”. As expected, the first 2 months has been literature review, to actually know what I am doing. The thing is, I haven’t ...
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Reporting a study twice in the literature review in thesis [closed]

There is a paper that has used entropy feature in the beta band for subject classification and obtained a specific accuracy value. I am aware that there is no context here, but I put these minimal ...
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How to organize the thesis chapter on literature review when there are only a few past works on the topic?

I have to include an individual chapter on literature review in PhD thesis. While going through the theses of seniors in the library, I found that typically the chapter is 30-40 pages long and covers ...
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What to do about an early, highly eccentric, reference?

So say you are writing a review which includes paper A, which claims to introduce a new idea to your field. In the course of reading surrounding literature, you find earlier paper B, which puts ...
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Structured literature review in relatively new field - how to approach?

I plan to write a structured literature review in a relatively new field in which only a few peer reviewed articles already exist. How would you approach this? Find articles in adjacent topics and ...
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What is the best e-Ink device for academic paper reading and hand annotation? [closed]

Having just started my PhD, my academic paper reading and review has ramped up dramatically and so far I've tried the two predominant methods of doing so: on a laptop or with physically printed papers....
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How do you manage your literature and references?

I have many PDFs (articles, reports and other literature) in various folders, and most of them are also in Endnote, which I have always used as a reference manager. However, the references in Endnote ...
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In literature review, ok to comment about reproducibility?

A high-cited paper in a field of Computer Science (that I'm working with) about an important algorithm does not tell readers about its implementation details. Since the authors were from a company, ...
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What would be the best search method to conduct a literature review on anatomical variations? [closed]

I'm currently conducting a literature review into anatomical variations of the portal vein. I'm using OVID and just wanted to check whether this is an efficient search strategy. This is the Search ...
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What is the most appropriate structure for introduction/background/related work when there is a 'gap' between them?

My MSc thesis is a multidisciplinary secondary data analysis project (data science-related) and its aim is to answer a specific question on the specific secondary data. However, I struggle with the ...
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Reviewing a paper that is build on a paper not peer-reviewed yet

I am reviewing a paper 'X' that is heavily built on an existing paper 'Y'. The paper Y is available on arXiv; however, it has not been peer-reviewed yet. It is only 4 months since it has been ...
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Systematic Literature Review: enhance context in discussion

Currently I am writing a Systematic Literature Review. I am aware of the systematic approach. But do the papers also constrain my discussion? Am I allowed to widen the frame by including related facts ...
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Paraphrasing in a Literature Review

Do you paraphrase in a literature review or just copy stuff and add credits at the end. for example if I needed to use the following sentence : By applying advanced and predictive analytics up front, ...
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How can I tell that I have done enough literature research? Is there a specific amount of time one should devote to it? [closed]

Finding and gathering references can be a quite time-consuming task as it demands one to get accustomed with the terminology and concepts of the related topic / area. How much time should one devote ...
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Search techniques for finding references at the start of reviewing the literature for your research?

Whenever we start new research, we need to do a literature review first in order to both get acquainted with the context and the concepts related to our research as well as to situate our research ...
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Does the authors opinions or solutions to the reviewed problem have to be inculded in a review paper?

I have submitted a review article and one reviewer stated "Authors should propose their solution(s) in this topic based on the analysis of different literatures." So my question is: it is ...
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Should I find Theories during the Literature Review? [closed]

Currently, I am working on my Master Thesis. Before whenever we had to write reports, we had a section called "Literature Review" and a separate section called "Theories". ...
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Can I include other students' master thesis in the literature review of my master thesis?

Can I include other students' master thesis in the literature review of my master thesis? These master thesis that I found are published in Google Scholar and other online libraries/archives.
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Is it necessary to apply spaced repetition when reading research papers?

I'm an undergraduate who is going to be a Ph.D candidate this fall. After reading papers extensively for writing the literature review, I realize details in some papers, though I totally understand ...
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Are patents included in literature reviews?

I'm writing a literature review on synthesis and biological activity of some organic compounds, and half the references I found on SciFinder are patents. Are patents typically included in literature ...
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Finding citeable statistics [closed]

I am in the process of writing a literature review as part of an application for a master's course and would like to cite Facebook as being the world's most active/ popular social media (or 2nd or 3rd ...
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How to broadly assess the state of research for a topic? [duplicate]

This is coming from a non-PhD, please help me out: If I have a broad interest in a topic, and I want to assess what are the current (in the last 5 years I guess) high-impact research done in said ...
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Is It Common For People To Write Literature Reviews On A Topic For Someone Else?

I am working as a research assistant for a professor and I was hired to write a literature review on a rather broad topic that is well outside of my knowledge domain. I am concerned that i'll most ...
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How to manage literature when writing a dissertation/paper [duplicate]

How do you manage (workflow) writing the literature review for a paper or a dissertation? Unfortunately my current method of going on binge reading stretches while scribbling notes on random bits of ...
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Writing an Original State of the Art Section When There Are Recent (Meta-)Surveys for the Topic

Problem In many fields, it is customary that every paper has a section describing the state of the art of the field, to give a background and show familiarity with related works. While sometimes, this ...
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Is a higher amount of literature cited in an essay generally seen as better?

I'm a postgraduate M.Sc. student at a university studying math. Currently I need to write some essay/assignment (about 10 pages) for a seminar where we revisit already published work and describe it ...
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No mention of previous work = reject?

I am asked to review a paper for a fairly highly regarded conference. The paper presents some 'novel' algorithms to do a particular job, but it fails to mention any of the various related previous ...
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Are Systematic Reviews Efficient To Familiarize Yourself With The State-of-the-Art?

Problem I have to familiarize myself with a new sub-field fast, to the point where I can recommend an agenda/recommendation for further research. I thought about doing a systematic literature review ...
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Can I suggest the authors to hire professional writer for scientific paper as a reviewer during second review? [duplicate]

I have reviewed a scientific paper and suggested a major revision. They corrected it but still, I think the language quality is not standard. In this case, can I ask the authors to hire a professional ...
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Volunteer undergraduate research system feels wrong? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student at a large state university system. The system hosts a program that encourages undergraduates to get involved in research on a volunteer basis (suggested weekly commitment: 6 hours ...
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What are the efficient ways of keeping track of research literature?

I am about to start a research career in physics. I am trying to read plenty of research papers. Is/are there a smart way/ways (a software or something else) to keep track of the papers I have already ...
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What is the benefit of review a scientific paper as a referee? [duplicate]

I got an invitation to review a scientific paper from a journal. I accepted the offer to review but was wondering what benefits I might get if I review a paper? Can I write it in my CV as I will be ...
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Google Scholar Syntax quirks: results depend on order of search strings [closed]

I am working on a systematic literature review and noticed something quite disturbing since I want to base my work on Google Scholar results: The number and actual results returned by Google Scholar ...
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Would this be considered plagiarism?

I'm currently about to finish my BA thesis, and my topic is bullying. I have read several books, studies, and such that can be connected to my topic. I finished the literature review, but haven't ...
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How to deal with self-plagiarism or re-publishing of previous work in literature review paper?

I am writing a systematic literature review and the problem is that in my subject there are multiple cases of previous work re-publishing or self-plagiarism: the same authors write multiple (2-3) ...
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Repetitively citing studies in a literature review

I am writing my first literature review (not using a systematic methodology) and I am trying to put some thought into the underlying structure of the literature review. I have considered these two ...
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What is the key difference between the term "Research Gaps" and the terms "Literature Survey" or "Literature Review"?

The difference between the terms "Literature Survey" and "Literature Review" is covered in this question and answers. But how do they differ from "Research Gaps" in the context of a research proposal?
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How can I efficiently check the originality of my work?

I have worked on many ideas where I found later that they were already published, which was frustrating. I usually look around before developing my idea, but sometimes the articles I read or the ...
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Citing works in a list without having read them

I know this may seem a duplicate question, but I haven't find an answer to my question and I am scared to ask my supervisor. I am doing my literature review in sociolinguistics and I have different ...
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How to do a literature review on practical research (thesis)?

Some background, for my bachelor of science degree I have to do a practical research (thesis) for a company that develops software. At the end of my Introduction chapter I arived at the following ...
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Another student has been assigned the same MSc thesis as mine (and already defended)

I am in a dilemma as to how to approach this issue. Basically, myself and another student were assigned the same thesis topic. Only difference is, I have been doing it part time and she completed her ...
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How can I quickly sort what is peer-reviewed and what isn't in a wide body of literature?

I have long list of literature to review that I have inserted in Excel (title, authors, year, journal, etc.). I would like to quickly sort out which journals are peer-reviewed and which aren't. I ...
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What if I misunderstood something?

I am writing literature review at the moment I read many papers trying to understand the topic i am writing about and put what I have understood in my literature review. sure i reference every thing ...
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