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The purpose of a literature search is to locate all relevant materials on a particular topic, including books, journal articles, reports, and conference papers.
Prior to beginning a search, library users should complete several steps, including:
Users should also consider the format of the information that they are seeking. In general, researchers will locate the most current information in periodicals, such as journals and conference reports. This is particularly true of research in scientific and technical fields, in which information and knowledge often change at a rapid rate. Books remain a good source of information for historical research as well as for fields where knowledge is more static. Books and ebooks can also be a good starting point for research in any field. They can provide researchers with a broad overview of the field of interest.
Explore the other tabs in this guide to learn more about the tools available and how to use them.
The Commerce Research Library has several tools for performing these searches, including:
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