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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What academic search engines support searching in full text?

I am a researcher in the energy field. I am trying to search for academic publications without the keyword optim* (where * represents a wildcard) not only in the abstract and title, but also in full ...
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How to query multiple fields in an academic database that only lets one query the fields separately?

PubMed's [tiab] (citation's title, collection title, abstract, other abstract and author keywords) or WoS's TS (Title, Abstract, Author Keywords, Keywords Plus®) field codes are very useful but I ...
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Searching for articles containing a phrase in the full-text body but are absent from the title and abstract

I have just started work on a systematic review, and this will be my first one! I am currently a bit stumped because I've been told to "search pubmed", however from past experience I worry ...
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Where to search for 60's USSR literature [duplicate]

I am looking for some 60's Russian literature. I have found citations of the sources, but I cannot find places to access them. The university library said they cannot help me. I would appreciate any ...
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NEAR/n or W/n operators returning irrelevant results

I'm trying to conduct a systematic review. Unfortunately one of the necessary search terms is "data". I have tried constructing my terms so that any single mention of "data" ...
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How does everyone do their lterature reviews? [duplicate]

I have to do a literature review and have never done one before. What are some methods to do this?
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I "lost" a paper: what can I do?

Half a year ago I stumbled across a noteworthy peer-reviewed article that was very relevant to my current research area. Being a noteworthy idiot, I didn't save it nor take a note (to be fair, I wasn'...
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Unable to find well-known fluid dynamics paper [duplicate]

I am writing my MSc thesis on a certain topic in fluid dynamics. Of particular relevance to my MSc is the Stuart-Landau equation. In the linked Wikipedia article, they reference a paper written by ...
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How Far To Chase The Paper?

Because I have autism I am forced to go it alone for writing a computer science research paper outside of conventional US university auspices toward a doctorate by publication through an accredited UK ...
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Boolean searches on Web of Science and other databases - how to exclude a term ONLY when it does not appear with another

Hi everyone and thanks for looking I really hope I'm not asking a daft question, but I want to exclude a term unless it comes with another term in a search containing multiple strings. In my precise ...
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What tools exist for organizing the most recent papers covering a specific topic?

Inspired by the recent post, How can I be up-to-date on recent papers, practically?, I want to know what tools exist for finding recent papers (pre-print and published) on specific topics. The recent ...
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Google Scholar does not return a report of 2016 when using as custom range 2016-2023

When searching for the string "open* education*" selecting Anytime, Google Scholar returns as 4th result "Opening up education: A support framework for higher education institutions&...
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Finding correct articles for SLR from different databases?

I have to do a systematic literature review (SLR) as part of a university course. I have found all search terms etc, but now I have to narrow down the search to research articles. I've been stuck for ...
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How to search for one phrase in the title and a different phrase in the abstract in a single Google Scholar search?

I would like to search for all papers which have both a specific phrase in the title titlephrase and also another phrase in the abstract abstractphrase. intitle:"titlephrase" should do the ...
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Literature research: Are IEEE and ACM covered in Scopus?

We performed a systematic literature review using the three databases Scopus, ACM Digital Library, and IEEE Xplore. Comment from one reviewer was that Scopus contains the other two databases, and thus ...
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Are articles without any abstract reliable?

I'm writing a thesis which consists in a literature review and I came across some articles whose titles seem to be appropriate for my research, but they don't have any abstract and their full text is ...
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Finding dissertations as reference material

I'm a mathematician/computer scientist (my interests lie around the intersection of the two), and often when I want an introduction to a new research area I find that well-written dissertations are ...
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Limits of academic search engines

Having spent quite a lot of time going through the literature on my research topic, I've been disappointed by the search features offered by the dominant academic databases and search engine (Web of ...
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How to admit that the cited source is lost? [duplicate]

I am trying to replicate a certain paper, which derived an important formula based on five other papers. In order to do a correct replication with insight into sources of error, I need to gather all ...
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Search articles by a specific conference in dblp

I am doing a seminar work as part of a Computer science bachelor's degree. One of the first steps is to submit the articles that the seminar work will be based on. The topic I chose is Malware ...
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Can companies source paywalled scientific articles from authors?

I work for a company in the medical sector that, among other things, conducts literature searches and submits them to regulators for approval prior to product launch. The company currently pays for ...
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Where can I find a paper that has been cited multiple times but only ever appears as a citation?

I'm doing an assignment on early warning score (EWS) systems as part of a postgraduate diploma in Medical Technologies. The progenitor of the system is cited in several papers as Morgan et al. Morgan, ...
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How likely is it that an PhD examiner will find something I've missed? And if they do, how much of a problem is it?

I'm coming up to the end of my PhD. My work is industry funded, so although I've presented my work, and written technical reports and patents*, I'm probably not as experienced in 'scientific writing' ...
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How do I search for literature containing specific math equations?

When one looks for relevant literature, one turns to platforms such as Google Scholar or Web of Science. I want to search literature (or research articles) that include a specific mathematics equation....
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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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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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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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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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How to view similar articles from a Zotero collection?

Recently I moved from Mendeley to Zotero. In Mendeley I liked that once in a while they sent me article recommendations based on my library. I would like to know how I could manage to achieve ...
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How to conduct an effective literature survey in mathematics?

Due to Covid, I am unable to go to my University and access the University server. As a result I am unable to use MathSciNet. Is there any other way to do a good and effective literature survey on a ...
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Is it possible to do a text search just within the references of a paper?

Do any of the academic search engines provide a way to limit a free text search to just those papers which are cited by a particular paper? In normal google, as an analogy, you can append site:bbc.co....
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How to find the state of the art algorithm for a specific problem

Are there any good methods for doing this? I can find papers with algorithms, but they usually do not show their computational results with the same problem sets and the publishing year of two papers ...
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How to export search results from Elsevier?

I am doing a systematic review and I am cataloging my searches. I've already exported the search results from IEEE, and from Springer, with one click to an CSV file. So I wonder how to do the same ...
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Are there instances of papers the first parts of whose colon-wise titles are questions?

pre-colon-part: post-colon-part is a format which is often used in titles of papers. In all of the instances I have seen, the first part is an informative phrase, a (fictitious) example of which may ...
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What software do you use to keep up to date on literature, and if Google Scholar, how do you avoid information overload?

I see a lot of people use Google Scholar and ResearchGate alerts, but I find those alert systems too overwhelming to the point I get inundated and treat them like spam. Perhaps I'm not using them ...
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Tips on finding experts on a specific topic [duplicate]

Ladies and gentlemen, hello. Attracted by one research topic, I am facing a challenge of finding the most relevant sources, more precisely, of identifying the reputed and most qualified authors. My ...
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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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What’s the current state of the art in searching for journal articles? [closed]

I haven’t been a student for many years. When I was in school at first we used portals like JSTOR Science Direct Elsevier Galileo Next, Google Scholar came out and seemed to be a superset of all of ...
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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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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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How to use more than 8 boolean operators in ScienceDirect advanced search? [closed]

The advanced search in the ScienceDirect database seems to be limited to 8 boolean operators at max. This number of operators might not be sufficient, especially when applying a search string within a ...
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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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