You can also check your Subject Librarian's page for a list of hand-picked databases. However you will often need to look at databases across multiple disciplines in order to be thorough with your literature search. Examples:
|social media and loneliness
|computer science, psychology, sociology
|language and communication abilities in primary school children with autism
|health sciences, education, linguistics
Some useful strategies for finding books:
Try out one or two keywords in Stella Search. Then, once you find a book that looks relevant:
Here is an example from Stella Search:
Existing literature reviews may already be available for your topic. Below are some of the databases that allow you to search for literature reviews:
Here is an example searching for the topic "The use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter in post-secondary education settings." Because most literature reviews use the phrases "literature review" or "review of the literature" in the title, you can simply enter these as keywords in your search:
Some databases, such as ERIC have "literature review" as a subject descriptor. Using this descriptor will allow you to retrieve results that only contain literature reviews:
And other databases provide search limiters to help you narrow your search. In this example in PsycINFO, you can specify "Literature Reviews" in the Methodology Limiter (below the search boxes if you are using the Advanced Search feature):
Following citation trails will help you find more resources for a particular topic of discussion. It will also allow you to situate a particular work in its greater academic context, and understand how the discussion around it has progressed. By tracking the citation forward (identifying who has cited the article), you can see how previous scholars have responded to the work, including confirmation of research findings, disagreements, corrections, criticisms and further discussions. This, in turn, will help you identify current trends in the research community and other areas for further exploration.
Google Scholar, along with many of the Library's research databases (most notably, the two big multidisciplinary databases, Scopus and Web of Science), allow for tracking citations forward.
If you are are undertaking a systematic review, citation tracking is often a documented part of the study, normally undertaken near the end of the review in the studies being "extracted".
Example: Google Scholar
Example: Web of Science
You will then see a list of articles that match your search. Click on the relevant title to get more details such as the abstract. Under Citation Network is a link to other articles within Web of Science that cite this article.
In addition to identifying published resources you will need a strategy for finding grey literature. This is usually research material that is not available via the usual published sources. This can include:
These can be identified by running internet searches, and consulting key websites of relevant organisations.