Take control of your PhD journey: Literature search for technology and the natural sciences
How to search for literature in technology and the natural sciences
Literature search is an essential part of every research project. For science to move forwards, new research must build on all relevant sources, with both established knowledge and the newest discoveries. Insufficient search strategies may lead to perpetuating outdated or even false information and biased views.
When doing research in the natural sciences you have to be familiar with all journals and books relevant to your field, as well as manuals and documentation on programming languages, computer models/code and data you use. When writing a research paper, you have to put your own research in a larger context by reviewing the existing literature. A thorough literature review is often expected to be a part of the PhD thesis. Knowing how to use databases will make the search and review process less time consuming, and more successful when it comes to finding all relevant literature.
The course is designed as a workshop at one of UiT’s computer rooms, where there will be a combination of database information and practical searching. To make the course as useful as possible, we will try to adapt our approach to the current PhD projects within the natural sciences at UiT. The following databases will be covered: Oria, Scopus and ISI Web of Science. In addition, we will offer individual guidance and tips for searching other, subject specific databases.
Light refreshments will be served during the break.
This seminar is a freestanding part of the seminar series Take control of your PhD journey: From (p)reflection to publishing.