Searching in Unfamiliar Fields

Tom Bourner, Sue Greener

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The two routes have contrasting approaches to literature search such as intensive, extensive. The extensive is latter reflected in present-day methods and teaching of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based management. Professional practitioners often face problems for which their academic background and professional studies provide them with little or no familiarity. For example, a doctor may have to solve a problem based on employment law. Producing a search profile concentrates on people mind and force people to clarify what is within the scope of their investigation and what lies outside it. Using an electronic database enables the researcher to search through years of journal indexes easily, rather than having to scan volume after volume manually. Identify works that have been particularly influential in the field, the seminal works; the journals that are most likely to publish articles on the topic, the core journals; and the people who are also working on the issue, the key people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods for Postgraduates
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781118763025
ISBN (Print)9781118341469
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • Core journals
  • Electronic database
  • Employment law
  • Evidence-based management
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Key people
  • Professional practitioners
  • Seminal works

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    Bourner, T., & Greener, S. (2016). Searching in Unfamiliar Fields. In Research Methods for Postgraduates (3rd ed., pp. 113-120). Wiley.