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In order to search the literature effectively, you must construct a searchable question. A literature search question:
- Frames your question in specific terms
- Helps to identify the minimum searchable concepts in order to answer the question
- Allows searchers to isolate relevant literature
Literature search questions can be structured in many ways depending upon the type of question and what the searcher hopes to identify in the existing literature.
The Research Question: Purpose
The research question dictates:
- The goal of the study (or synthesis)
- A summary of what is to be achieved
- The methodology
- The who, what, when, why, how, where, condition, intervention questions
- The type of analysis
Davidson, M. Where to Start When Designing a Research Project: Part I
Literature syntheses and reviews are secondary sources.
DEVELOPING YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION