Answered By: Erin Guldbrandsen Last Updated: Oct 23, 2016 Views: 751
You can find newer scholarly articles to update your literature review with the following strategies:
- Try new searches in subject specific Walden Library databases.
When you need to find more current literature related to your doctoral capstone study, try first going into subject specific databases and searching with relevant keywords. Limit your search to the last 5 years to find more current articles. Try a variety of databases and keywords.
- Search Google Scholar for articles we may not have in the Walden Library.
You may also want to search Google Scholar for new articles on your topic. Remember that not everything you find with Google Scholar is peer reviewed, nor is there a way to limit to peer reviewed items.
- Use citation chaining to find more recent articles that have cited older articles you already have.
Citation chaining means following the "threads" of research from one researcher citing others.
You can citation chain backwards or forwards, finding articles that cite older articles or finding newer articles that cite one you already have. Resources that cite your article will be newer than the article you've already found, so you would be finding more recent, relevant literature by searching for those.
- Set up search alerts to stay current on any newly published articles related to your topic.
To make sure you continuously stay abreast of new research related to your topic, you can set up search alerts in databases or in Google Scholar. You will be alerted by email or other options when a database or Google Scholar adds a new article that matches your search.
- Make an appointment with your subject librarian.
You may want to speak with the Library Liaison for your school or program to make sure you've done a comprehensive search to update your literature review. We're happy to help!
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