Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation 
Literature Searching


Students, researchers, and professionals in natural resources frequently need to consult research and professional literature in their discipline.. This often involves Searching the Scientific Literature and the social sciences literature to find desired information. This research guide provides basic advice for effectively and efficiently conducting a literature search and lists appropriate print and internet research tools--library catalogs, indexes and reference resources--that can be utilized in identifying needed information.

Research tools for identifying literature include:

As the initial step in conducting a literature search a "search strategy" should be developed which clarifies the type and amount of information desired and logically organizes your search. Searching the Scientific Literature discusses the two basic approaches for searching the scientific literature--subject searching and citation searching.

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Last Updated: January 23, 2004