MATH 606 Graduate Seminar: Map your search strategy

this guide is designed for the Applied and Computational Mathematics MS and Mathematical Modeling Ph.D. students. It provides links to appropriate resources and library services..

Mapping out or Framing your project question example

Before you begin typing, think about how to frame your search for better search output results.

You may have to narrow down or expand your literature research process as well as selecting appropriate library resources and websites.

Guide your search using the following example questions. 

What: What are you researching? current or historical/background information?

What subject area does it involve? physics, math, chemistry, medicine, health, biology, etc.

Does it involve technology, statistics, charts, datasets, images. etc.

Who: Does it involve people, a person (ORCID), a company , a country or an organization?

Where: Does your topic involve interior (hospital) or exterior (farming) environments? Are you looking for USA or International research or both? Where are you searching for prior literature?

How: Are you searching for a technical method, protocol or theory?

You may have to:

  • review journal articles about similar topics but not the same topic.
  • use synonyms or different keywords.
  • use the authors' keywords cited in journal articles.
  • repeat your search with a different topic focus.

A Literature review can be an iterative process.



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