Doing literature searches

Literature searches can be interesting and exploratory for those of us starting our research journey, and can become quite focused as we pin down our research question. So, where to look? How to find credible sources? The first port of call when searching for academic articles would be the library website: http://www.lib.uct.ac.za.

 

The website links you not only to academic resources within the institution, but also beyond. Did you know that you can even request for books from other institutions at the UCT Inter-library loans desk? Shoulders of giants

There are also a host of guides and videos on how to navigate through research and literature reviews:

You can additionally benefit from the guidance of a subject librarian in your field.

Here is the contact list: http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/lib/subject-librarians

 

Additional resources

Pat Thomson – on Mapping your literatures
Pat Thomson’s blog on academic writing

mapping your literatures

This link takes you to the thread ‘literature review’, but explore her blog for wisdom on various aspects of academic writing

Literature review survival guide

Literature Review survival guide – compiled by UCT Librarian Alex D’Angelo. Unfortunately, some of the links given will be accessible only to UCT registered staff and students, but there are some very helpful pointers.

https://do.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/creating-the-literature-review-research-questions-and-arguments/

Arnold Wentzel’s Creating the literature review: Research questions and arguments, Part 1

httpress.com/2016/02/26/creating-the-literature-review-research-questions-and-arguments-part-2-of-4/

Arnold Wentzel’s Creating the literature review: Research questions and arguments, Part 2

httpress.com/2016/02/29/creating-the-literature-review-research-questions-and-arguments-part-3-of-4/

Arnold Wentzel’s Creating the literature review: Research questions and arguments, Part 3

httpress.com/2016/03/03/creating-the-literature-review-research-questions-and-arguments-part-4-of-4/

Arnold Wentzel’s Creating the literature review: Research questions and arguments, Part 4

Harvard UCT: Handbook on citation

Detailed guide to using the author-date system of citation

More UCT library referencing help

This link takes you to the Referencing Help section of the UCT Library website

We leave you with the words of Isaac Newton: ‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants’. So all the best with your exploration!