Literature Searching

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This concise book provides critical critical guidance across the whole range of social science research methods and issues. The A to Z of Social Research is a comprehensive collection of over one hundred entries ranging from qualitative research techniques through statistical testing to the practicalities of using the Internet as a research tool. The book answers the demand for a practical introduction to the key concepts and methods in social research, demystifying a field that students find daunting.
This chapter focuses on the essential skill for the social science researcher of identifying relevant previous relevant research, outlining the selection of relevant databases, search terminology, indexing systems, citation searching, and a discussion of search quality in terms sensitivity and precision of searching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe A to Z of Social Research
EditorsRobert Miller, John Brewer
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780761971337
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 19 Mar 2003


  • literature review
  • database searching
  • social science


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