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(p. 65) 5. Conducting a Literature Search 

(p. 65) 5. Conducting a Literature Search
(p. 65) 5. Conducting a Literature Search

Tom Clark

, Liam Foster

, and Alan Bryman

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date: 14 May 2021

Today, the world of research is quite literally available through the touch of a few buttons via online resaerch. But this increase in access and availability is not without its challenges. With ‘hits’ that can run into millions, unless the student knows how to search effectively and efficiently, the information that he or she finds can quickly become overwhelming. This chapter guides students through the process of literature searching for their dissertation. It outlines how to develop a successful search strategy and what to do with the literature once it is discovered. Topics covered include what counts as literature; different ‘types’ of literature searching; how to develop a literature search strategy; and common problems associated with literature searching.

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