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How to search for background information
Writing a literature review for a technical report gives the readers background information or the perspective necessary to understand the report. Background information, which can be found in books or journal articles, can look at whether your problem or a similar problem has been investigated in the past.
Before starting the search for background information, it's important to start the research process with the steps described in the videos below.
Step 1 - Developing a research question for a literature review
Step 2 - Finding key concepts and synonyms
Step 3 - Creating a search strategy
How to search for articles in databases
- Business databases:
Many business databases contain trade journal articles that cover new technologies in particular industries
- Engineering databases:
These databases cover the latest research in the field
- General databases:
These databases are helpful for finding articles written from a variety of perspectives (technological, business, sociological)