Literature Search

Literature Search

  • It is also called as "long range reference service"
  • In this service the search has to be more exhaustive, both in depth and extent.
  • The range and complexity of reference sources to be consulted are wider and generally, more than one source has to be consulted to adequately carryout a literature search.
  • Besides bibliographies, other secondary sources like abstracting and indexing services, reviewing periodicals are the main sources of information.

Need for Literature Search

  1. Growth in scientific and technical literature
  2. To keep abreast of the latest developments in his field of specialization.
  3. Lack of time for the user

Steps in Literature Search

  1. To ascertain the purpose, scope, depth and the precise field of query from the   requester;
  2. To evolve a search strategy on the basis of the nature of the query and the user requirements;
  3. Choosing the most appropriate sources for search
  4. Recording of references and information in a standard form; and
  5. Presentation of results in a form acceptable to the user.

Source: IGNOU Study Material

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