Literature Searching

Literature Searching

THE LITERATURE REVIEW UTS Library [email protected] TODAY IS ALL ABOUT ASSIGNMENT 3 Youll need to: * Obtain approval for your selected sub-topic of research within the general area of the environmental performance of cultural

heritage places * Undertake a literature search into your topic using the resources of the UTS Library, together with any external sources you wish to use * Sources can include books, journal articles, university theses, conference papers so well focus on finding this sort of stuff today THEN, AFTER GATHERING YOUR RESEARCH.. Prepare and present a 5- minute oral presentation to the class

summarising the results of your search. You may wish to prepare a short PowerPoint to illustrate your presentation, but it is not necessary. Present a written report which includes: - A list of the databases and other resources investigated (so good idea to use more than 1!) - A list of the literature references you have found that are relevant to your selected subtopic, citing all references in approved standard academic style (10 references minimum) - Brief critical comments on the content (use the authors abstracts if available) and usefulness of each of the references on the list approximately 150-200 words per item (this is also known as an annotated bibliography) - General comments (approximately 300 words) on the current state of research on the

sub-topic and opportunities for further research. TOPICS COULD INCLUDE.. Environmental performance of historic buildings Ill use this example today Environmental performance of traditional building materials Environmental performance of building components (walls, windows, roofs, verandahs) Environmental performance of vernacular buildings in various parts of the world/climates: Environmental performance of specific heritage buildings (case studies) Environmental aspects of historic urban design and town planning Traditional landscaping for environmental control

Water management in heritage places And more 1. The proposition 2. The literature review / current knowledge 3. Data collection and methods 4. Data analysis 5. Conclusions 6. Opportunities for further research MEET THE STAGES OF RESEARCH

Your research will focus on points 1 & 2 and 6 in this list 1. THE PROPOSITION Topic design is a really important part of research. Choose too general a topic and youll make yourself miserable trying to answer the question

youve posed. Choose too specific a topic and you may find that you dont have enough material to construct a proper literature review. The amount of available literature will sometimes shape the way you search, and help define your topic somewhat 2. THE LITERATURE REVIEW * A Lit review is like a snapshot of the information landscape on a topic at any given time whats been done and what hasnt been done (the end of

articles will often help you with the what more things could be researched in future). * A literature review is also about managing doubt A search that isnt thorough leaves you with doubt do I have enough/the right information? A thorough search inspires confidence that you know what is out there/who is out there/ how that connects together and thus where your own work fits in. TURNING A PROPOSITION INTO A LITERATURE REVIEW

* The hard part about turning your proposition into a literature review is rephrasing it in a way that is friendly to a search engine. Lets explore some tips on how to do this SEARCH TIPS * Generally you will search for the a plain speak version of the ideas contained in your research, collect literature and then read, learn more about your subject and later return to search again, apply new ideas and terminology * After conducting the second search you will probably feel pretty

good about the big picture of your topic, though you may return another time to search to plug gaps, often using completely different search terms than the first two times. * Its a good rule of thumb to not just use different sets of keywords over time but to use them in more than one place. * Extra time spent searching is a case of working smart not hard, as it will make the writing of the annotations and the overall summary easier SEARCH TIPS CONTINUED

Generally you can only load 3 or 4 separate ideas into a single search before results sizes get very small To deal with this you can use groups of synonymous terms when searching. The idea of this is that you canvas many possibilities and save time (you can over-do this though) SOMETIMES CONSTRUCTING A FANCY SEARCH WILL BE USEFUL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A TRICKY TOPIC OR ONE

CLOUDED BY RESULTS YOU DONT WANT Vienn* AND Cloth* OR dress OR fashion AND twentieth century OR fin de siecle OR belle epoque OR 1910s OR 1920s Truncation Synonyms Boolean operators

Phrase searching Fashions among Viennese Jewish men during the early 20th century This kind of search structure can be replicated in the advanced search mode in some databases (the one pictured is called Proquest) Fashions among Viennese Jewish men during the early

twentieth century 171200 EXAMPLE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS Idea 1 = Environmental performance - a little reading online yielded terms like lighting and heating, energy efficiency, passive thermal design, embodied energy, building materials and even ways to ensure environmental performance like retrofitting.

Heritage buildings Historic any others? You could also search for buildings associated with a certain era like terraces or churches NOW LETS PUT ALL THIS INTO PRACTICE..

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