Strategies for Success:
Find a good review article
Most library databases give the option to limit your results to review articles. Review articles give a narrative description, and often an evaluative description, of the research done on a specific topic.
Here are two examples of review articles:
A comprehensive review of vibration energy harvesting: Modeling and realization
Harvesting Vibration Energy: Technologies and Challenges
Use citation databases to your advantage
Once you've identified a key article, you can see how other researchers have used that article. Scopus and Google Scholar are two places to see who has cited a particular article.
Use controlled vocabulary to your advantage
Once you've identified a really good article, see if you can find "Keywords" to use in a new search. These are often author-supplied terms that get re-used in other articles.
Do multiple searches in multiple resources
Don't limit yourself to just google scholar or just one library database. Try at least 3.
Use search syntax to your advantage
Consult our research guide Searching Syntax Using Boolean Operators. Searching is all about guessing the words someone else used to write about your topic.
Stay organized with a citation manager
Zotero is Jill Lagerstrom's personal favorite -- see the Zotero Online Tutorial to get started. You can learn more about citations and citation managers on the Understanding Citations Research Guide.