Questions tagged [literature-search]

Questions about finding specific papers, books, etc. pertaining to a topic. This includes the use of online databases such as Google Scholar or PubMed to find relevant articles.

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How do I research about the latest developments in a field?

Say I am interested in the latest development in the field of computer vision. I am a newbie into that area and do not have much knowledge about the history or the journey of computer vision till now ...
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Is there any academic search engines to show the antecedents and outcomes used in a study?

I was looking for an academic search engine or database capable of showing the independent and dependents variables used in the study. Let's say I am searching for: McAllister, C. P., & Perrewé, ...
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How to use more than 8 boolean connectors in ScienceDirect advanced search? [closed]

I am writing a systematic literature review for which I have developed the following search string which looks like this: ("Virtual Reality" OR "Virtual Environment" OR "...
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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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Web of Science advanced search returns papers not matching the search criteria [closed]

I am running an advanced search in WoS but the results don't correspond to my search query, I am getting way too many unrelated the results. I'm searching in the "Topic" field which includes ...
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Co-authorship graph

I am currently building a reading list targeted towards a certain list of 5-10 authors. They all work under the umbrella of wireless communications (separated by their own subfields), and I would like ...
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A citations generator needed

I am having a hard time creating citations for new literature. I get a new work (either electronic or printed) and I want to incorporate its citation to my library by means of a citation file (no ...
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Locating a specific German Ph.D. Dissertation from 1959

I am trying to access the following work online, but I'm having no luck finding it: Krüger, Dietrich. 1959. "Die Bildersprache des Demosthenes." Ph.D., Classics, Göttingen. Any idea where I could ...
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Find articles that share datasets and code

I am working on some project, in which I would like to find articles where they use some computer code to treat data, and the used datasets and code is totally available (github, personal website, etc)...
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What are the best practices for teaching second-language students in classes that have moved online mid-semester due to COVID-19?

I'm working on a research project for one of my university's departments that supports professional development and teaching development for our faculty and grad students. We are expanding our ...
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How do I choose the right papers to write a review paper? [closed]

I'm writing a review paper. I'm in the field of computer science. There are many related papers in my research area. Some are good, some are not. I'm planning to include only Q1-papers based on ...
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Are there journals with the same “great big debate” format at Behavioral and Brain Sciences?

I've found that articles from Cambridge University Presses long-running journal of Brain and Behavioral Science (BBS) are a great way to enter a literature: they introduce the names, reveal the ...
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How to make sure that something hasn't been done in the literature and can be studied by me [duplicate]

Before starting a new research project/paper, one needs to make sure that this project is new and nobody has done it. I'm still not confident about whether sth really hasn't been done in the ...
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Are INRIA working reports publicly available?

Any suggestions on how to find these two papers? They were cited in 1993: [11] Morazavian, H. and M. Boutiller, On a theorem of Kuratoski, Working Report, INRIA, Rocquencourt, France (1981). [...
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Find a specific paper on information retrieval method supporting literature research searching not by keywords but by documents

About 2012, I did a literature research on the following topic but unfortunately lost my results. Specifically one paper comes repeatedly to my mind, therefore maybe someone knows about this or ...
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Is there a way to get rid of “enhanced pdf”s?

It has become increasedly more common that when I try to access an article from the publisher's website I get redirected to a sort of online reader instead of a plain old pdf file to download. ...
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Is it possible to retrieve easily all the Nature papers featured the cover since 1950? [closed]

Is there a way to read efficiently old papers? For example, to read all the Science and Nature cover papers since 1950? How do you read old/fundamental literature?
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Downloading abstracts using Mendeley

I am using Mendeley for my reference management. As I am doing a Systematic Literature review, I have to filter out my search result entries based on inclusion and exclusion criteria after reading the ...
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Paper Suggestion/Recommendation Tools [closed]

To make literature search simpler and more efficient, I'm looking for a good tool that would come up with a list of publications based on a given set of publications/research areas. So far, I've found ...
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What is an optimal reading order for a set of related papers?

A common problem I encounter every time I do a literature search on a new subject is determining a reading order for papers. It feels akin to jumping into a prolific sci-fi fantasy series, but since ...
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Finding more recent review articles

How can I find a more recent review article in a topic I am interested in? I have found a review article on biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles published in 2015. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop....
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How can I find an old paper when the usual methods fail?

I am trying to find the paper "The resistance of pure mercury at helium temperatures" by Heike Kamerlingh Onnes. It was published in the Communications from the Laboratory of Physics at the University ...
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Alternative to google scholar in China

Are there any valid alternatives to google scholar? I am currently living in China. almost the whole internet is blocked, including Google. I tried to bypass the firewall, then google scholar tends ...
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Does Google Scholar limit the length of its search terms?

On researchgate, I found the following paper that describes the application of a systematic mapping. I was curious whether the describe search term could be also found using Google Scholar. The ...
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What is the most effective and efficient method of searching multiple journals for multiple keywords?

My goal is to find articles related to invasive species management on a monthly basis. I have a list of species for my region (i.e keywords) and a list of journals. Although I enjoy combing through ...
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How did researchers find articles before the Internet and the computer era?

I find it hard to write a literature review, even though I have Google, the Internet, and all free, very easy to search for information tools. I have to search for days to find a piece of information ...
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Is it possible to automatically obtain abstracts and citations from a list of references?

I have a list of about 150 references stored in my reference manager. They are from my dissertation. My end goal is to do a bibliometric analysis of these papers to visualize their network of ...
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How to search for articles citing a certain combination of papers? [duplicate]

It is often the case that the proposal of a specific idea or approach to a problem (or whole field of research) triggers a sequel of papers discussing and extending this idea. In this sequel there ...
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Is there a way to search specifically for literature reviews which have been written by others on a certain topic? [duplicate]

Is there a way to search specifically for literature reviews which have been written by others on a certain topic? I’d like the search to either return literature reviews on their own or contained ...
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Can I ask a publisher for a paper that I need for reviewing [duplicate]

I was asked to review a technical paper for a journal at a large commercial publisher. The paper extends on another publication that is cited several times throughout the document. The cited paper was ...
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How can unaffilitated individuals sign up for Web of Knowledge / Science?

I am conducting a meta-analysis of literature and several individuals recommended that I use Web of Knowledge, instead of just Google Scholar. The specific part of it I would need would be Web of ...
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Meta-analysis using Google Scholar - are all years equally complete?

Like so many others, I scrape data from Google Scholar as a part of my lit review process, so that I can have a structured data set for meta-analysis of the literature. I noticed that for a couple of ...
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Can I cite almost total literature survey from a textbook unit?

Suppose I'm writing a research paper on topic T. Additionally, suppose there is a textbook or research paper on topic T that covers all the progress of the topic from its initial time to 2018 ...
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How to approach a problem if I am new in the field?

I recently came across a problem related to image recognition in Deep Learning. One fine morning, I was struck with the idea that possibly I could do something about it if I merged GANs with CNNs. As ...
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Find PI's main publications

Nowadays, people in biology make huge collaborations, so of course they're all having loads of publications. Therefore, I was wondering if there is a way, on Google Scholar or on other sites, to ...
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Equivalents of PubMed in other fields

I work in biomedical sciences, and whenever I need to look up an article - or find recent references about a certain field of biology - I just go to PubMed, because it collects information from the ...
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Searching for specific characters in publication titles

Is there any way to search for articles that include a specific character in their name? For instance, suppose you want to find articles that include $, £ or € in their title. When I have tried to ...
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Does this tool exist: Literature search citation filter?

I'm wondering if a tool/website to do a specific task exists: Suppose I have a set of papers (which we'll say for simplicity are hosted on the arxiv), S. I want to keep track of all the papers that ...
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Is there a tool to visualize the citation network which works with Google Scholar?

I know about tools like CitNet Explorer and VOSviewer, but they only work with Web of Science, which doesn't contain many papers I'd like to have in the network. Is there any software, which does the ...
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Alternatives to Google Scholar for citation / lit search / BibTex entries? [closed]

Simple question: What alternatives are there to Google Scholar for finding citations, doing lit searches, and most importantly, downloading citation data in BibTex? There are lots of specialized ...
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Should we do literature search in Incognito mode?

I found a claim that literature search (in Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Science, etc) should be performed in Incognito/Private Browsing mode. According to the claim, search results ...
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How do you find/decide on sources for literary papers? [closed]

For instance, say you are writing a paper on how point of view affects a short story. One would assume you go to JSTOR or googlescholar and search "Point of view." However, that brings a whole stream ...
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Why isn't literature search a waste of time if centralized documentation is a better alternative?

I am asking this question regarding to the documents (thesis, research papers, and publications) that contain original, novel work. Before starting to write a research paper/ thesis, searching for a ...
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Tool that suggests references based on a given bibliography [closed]

I'd like to have a tool (software or website) that helps me in doing literature surveys. Here's how I pictured that tool in my mind. Let's suppose that I've found myself a few relevant papers. As soon ...
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On the possibility and legality of bulk downloading papers from IEEE Xplore

Is it possible to download all available literature from IEEE Xplore? Is it allowed? I was thinking that now, while I still have access due to being in academia, I might download everything I could ...
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How to see citation contexts of all the papers that cite a paper?

Given a paper, I'm looking for a quick way to see the citation contexts of papers that cite that paper, to gauge both the direction and intensity of sentiment towards the original paper and help me ...
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Literature search engine including citation count, year, and the conference presented at

When I am searching for literature on a particular topic, I'd like to see a list of results together with three main pieces of information: citation count, year, and publication venue (i.e., ...
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Request an unpublished paper owned by another (foreign) university

I am a graduate student at a US university. One of the papers I need for my research is a Ph.D. thesis, owned by the University of Birmingham, U.K. (but this question is for a more general case). That ...
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Google scholar: Search papers by all the authors with particular label

Is it possible to use google scholar to search all the papers by a list of authors who has a particular label. Example: all the papers by the authors with label:power_electronics
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How to find papers having datasets?

It is becoming common for authors to upload raw data of their research when publishing their papers. However, it is still a small fraction of papers include the dataset. Is there a way to search for ...