A literature search is a systematic investigation of catalogues, databases, and websites for the purpose of gathering information, or literature. Literature can consist of books, journals, articles, newspapers, conference and government papers, or ephemeral material (posters, flyers, mail outs, etc).
Literature searches are performed as the basis of student research to understand a topic and support ideas and analysis when writing essays and assignments. In academic writing, a writer needs to "back up" or prove or discuss and, analyse their theories using the evidence outlined by experts in their field. A literature search is the discovery of this evidence.
How to do a Literature Search using the Library Catalogue
To conduct a literature search you will need to search our library catalogue, our databases, and Google scholar.
Example Research Question:
When was feminism in film established in the Australian region?
Keywords: Femisim, film, film industry, Australia, Oceania,
2. Search the library catalogue using your keywords. Try using different combinations of the words for different results.
3. Record any bibliographic information about a source that you may want to read. Note: The title, author, publication date and location of where the source can be found.
How to do a Literature Search using the Databases