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Finding Information for a Graduate Level Engineering Literature Review: Define the Problem

This guide is for graduate students working on a thesis or class paper.

Define the Problem

The Topics List

Keep a list of all possible search topics. These could include the specific study variables, as well as more general related concepts. Your topic list will grow as you search for sources for the literature review.

The Iterative Nature of Research

Time Span

Consider how far back in the literature you will need to search for information. Databases have different dates of coverage. Sometimes it is necessary to know about the history behind a topic, and at other times you will just need to focus on recent years.