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Sports and Exercise Science: Literature Searching

What is a literature search?

literature search is a systematic and comprehensive search for information.  By carrying out a literature search you can find out what has already been written about a subject area, enabling you to identify the main themes or trends. This information will inform, underpin and /or shape your research. 

The information may be found in books, journal articles, reports, case studies, policy documents, conference proceedings etc.

A systematic literature search is a critical component of the systematic literature review process.  It involves a systematic search for articles (studies) and aims for a transparent report of how the articles were identified.

Effective Literature Searching

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