Literature Search

  1. Start with the known
    What resources have already been recommended to you?
    e.g. your text books and module website have reference lists that you can follow up
    e.g. OU offer independent study suggestions
  2. Choosing your search terms
    Key Terms, Alternative Terms, Related Terms
    e.g. Culture, Context, Cross-cultural comparison
    e.g. Mind, Cognition, Attribution, Imagination
    e.g. Mediation, Interaction, Vygotsky
  3. Where to search
    Library Databases
    e.g. Web of Science
    – can search by topic, author, good citation searches
    e.g. PsycINFO
    – exhaustive in psychology
  4. Do it
    Use different combinations of search terms in relevant databases. As you search, narrow it down, by looking at particular authors, journals, or more specific keywords.
  5. Use PROMPT
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