Identifying Literature Efficiently: Literature Reviews, Citation Tracing, & Search Alerts


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The growth of scientific knowledge shared through scholarly venues (journals, books, conference proceedings, etc.) is exponential, with an estimated rate of over 4% per year that indicates a doubling of scientific outputs approximately every 17 years (Bornmann et al., 2021). Each year, doctoral students face the overwhelming task of reviewing the ever-increasing literature in their field that is relevant to their topic. There are, however, efficient methods identifying the most important literature on a given subject. Join UNC librarians to learn how to take advantage of previously conducted literature reviews, tracing scientific knowledge backwards and forwards from a specific point in time and setting up databases and search engines to keep you on top of any new literature published on your topic.

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