Develop a topic, based on your knowledge or skills, or research:
ex. Can latent prints be found on human skin?
2. Ask yourself basic questions about your topic. The questions may start with;
ex. What are some of the best techniques to develop latent prints on human skin?
3. From those questions, develop key words or terms
ex. latent prints, fingerprint anaylsis, human remains, death investigation, fingerprint degradation
4. Use those terms when searching databases.
5. You may want to get general, background information on your topic if you know very little about it.
ex. Encyclopedias, books, reviews of the literature, etc.
A good literature review shows signs of understanding of the issues related to the topic, as well as analytical thinking. This is shown through the connections you are able to make between the sources reviewed. More detailed information about literature reviews can be found on the Health Psychology guide.
There are usually five parts to a literature review:
There are a variety of methods you can adopt for your research strategy, depending on your subject area or the outcome of your research. Research methodology will differ depending on whether you are:
Your strategies will be different as will the type of information sources you will seek and find.
(Above links are handouts from: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)