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IEE 594: Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar

Introduction to the ASU Library and literature searching.

The process, step-by-step

  1. Prepare your tool kit

  2. Determine the topic and search strategy

  3. Determine the appropriate type of information needed and what resources will find this information

  4. Use your search strategy in the appropriate resources

  5. Examine the results and look for:
    • Other terminology used by the authors
    • Subjects (subject headings, descriptors, control vocabulary, thesaurus) used by the resource

  6. Export appropriate citations

  7. Refine the search strategy using terminology from the authors and the database and repeat steps 4-6

  8. For the best articles track citations forwards and backwards

  9. Set up alerts/feeds for appropriate resources


Continue on to the next section "Your Tool Box"

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Go back to the previous section "What is a Literature Review?"

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.