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How to Conduct a Digital Literature Review

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The internet can be a great resource for scientific information, however you need to make sure your internet sources are reliable and the information you gain from them is truthful. The advent of the internet also allows students a unique opportunity to search through databases of scientific peer reviewed journals online and often get copies of full text articles from leading scientific journals without going to the library. This solution is a overview of online scientific databasing and how it can work for you.

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As a science student you will likely need to reference the scientific literature for writing lab reports, papers or conducting experiements. It is important to know what research has already been conducted on a topic before you formulate your own experiments. Using the internet you can get two types of information; 1) digital copies of peer-reviewed primary literature (such as published in the journal Science) and 2) background, non published and non peer reviewed, information, such as from research scientists' websites and medical sites like webmd. When using this second source of information, remember to consider your source, everything you read on the internet is not necessarily true; while these sites can be a good place to start, you should always use peer-reviewed literature as your primary references.
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In this solution I describe how to conduct a literature review online. The internet can be a great resource for scientific information, however you need to make sure your internet sources are reliable and the information you gain from them is truthful. I discuss journal databases, trusted websites, and the concept of peer-review.

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First, view the presentation titled The Literature Review in Research and read the Module 3 background information. Then complete a brief Literature Review related to your selected research question in 2-3 pages (not including the cover sheet and bibliography).
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1. Select one of your quantitative research questions developed in Module 2 and use it here in Module 3 to guide your Literature Review.
2. Peruse the literature; select 4 or 5 articles that relate to your research question; and read with a purpose to identify gaps in information or ambiguities that help to clarify and justify your research question.
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o Show why your research question (in original format or revised) needs to be answered (for example, does it address controversies or debates, or fill a gap, found in the literature?).
o Describe the theories that support your research question (for example, are there any theoretical models that need to be tested empirically as suggested by your research question?).
o Identify the best methodology to conduct a study to answer your research question (please explain your response).
o Describe how answering your research question (with completion of prospective study) would add to the research already completed.

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