Are you familiar with your topic? If your answer is "no" or "maybe", then you need to do two things before starting your literature search:
Encyclopedias, handbooks and sometimes upper level textbooks provide background information summarizing the important points of a subject. You should find and read this background information before you begin your literature search as it will help you determine the appropriate terminology for the search. As you are doing your literature search, you will come across terminology or topics that are unfamiliar to you; these resources will bring you up-to-speed, so bookmark this guide so you can quickly return to this page of resources.
On this page, there are 3 sections:
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