Steps in a Lit Review
STEP 1: Framing the Question & Scope
STEP 2: Setting up the reference library & working methods
STEP 3: Crafting the search strategies to identify relevant databases and publications
STEP 4: Assessing the quality of the papers retrieved
STEP 5: Summarizing the evidence
STEP 6: Interpreting the findings
STEP 7: Writing and publishing the paper
NJIT Librarians and the Literature Review Service (LRS)
Put your research librarian on your team as a co-author
- - - as co-author your librarian is committed to collaborating and supporting the following systematic literature review tasks:
- Determine if a systematic review has already been done on your topic.
- Translate the research question into an appropriate search strategy.
- Translate the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords so that retrieval is maximized at the same time as being precise.
- Recommend specific databases and other information sources to be searched.
- Conduct the literature searches.
- Provide training to your administrative staff or designated team member in how to access full text articles or request them via ILL/ Document Delivery.
- Help obtain or verify any references found from hand searching or other venues.
- Provide guidance and support regarding bibliographic management tools.
- Write the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript.
- Maintain records of search results and follow up with alerts and updates as needed.
Scoping Reviews - Assess the information landscape
Preliminary assessment of potential size and scope of available research literature.
Scoping reviews allow the investigator the opportunity to review the literature landscape and determine whether or not a more comprehensive review is feasible (too much or too few publications).
May lead to change of research question, focus, or scope.
Director of Reference
Van Houten Library, NJIT
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