Focus on the user and all else will follow. It’s best to do one thing really, really well. Fast is better than slow. Democracy on the web works. You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer. You can make money without doing evil. There’s always more information out there. The need for information crosses all borders. You can be serious without a suit. Great just isn’t good enough.
Research Process... Formulating the Research Problem Extensive Literature Review Developing the objectives Preparing the Research Design including Sample Design Collecting the Data Analysis of Data Generalisation and Interpretation Preparation of the Report or Presentation of Results-Formal write ups of conclusions reached.
Literature Review Ensures that you are not "reinventing the wheel". Gives credits to those who have laid the groundwork for your research. Demonstrates your knowledge of the research problem. Demonstrates your understanding of the theoretical and research issues related to your research question. Shows your ability to critically evaluate relevant literature information. Indicates your ability to integrate and synthesize the existing literature.
Provides new theoretical insights or develops a new model as the conceptual framework for your research. Convinces your reader that your proposed research will make a significant and substantial contribution to the literature (i.e., resolving an important theoretical issue or filling a major gap in the literature).
Essential for Literature Review Systematic Searching for Related References
Some Key Resources Indexing Services – International PubMed – National IndMED
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it” Samuel Johnson, April 18, 1775, p. 258. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson
Wait…. We have a problem here. Well it is the Problem of Plenty.
World Health Organization. Proposal for ‘.health’ internet domain. Geneva: WHO; 2003. Report by the Secretariat. Just imagine there is scholarly journal on electronic resources in medical libraries !!!
Without a proper plan, you would lost in the sea of Information. Therefore, have a PLAN Choose the most appropriate place to look Develop an effective search strategy Carry out the search Critically evaluate the results obtained
General Information – Web Search Engines / General Web Resources Journal References – Databases like PubMed / IndMED etc) / Scholar Google Full Text Articles – Free Open Access. – Fee Based – Inter-Library Loans. [OPACs, Union Catalogues] Best Practices / Evidence Based Medicine – Cochrane Library Appropriate Place? Will depend on what you are looking for !!!
Remember … Always Evaluate Your Web Search Results Each page should be examined and the following questions answered: 1.Who? Who is the authoring agency or individual? 2.What? What is the author's credentials? 3.Where? Where is the author's affiliation? 4.When? When was the page last updated 5.Why? Why is the page in existence? What is the author's purpose? 6.How? How does the page appear?
Remember !!! The Web just does not have it all yet. Most of the premium and fee-accessible content may be hidden. Even the best search engine will only search what is available. Remember that the Web is only the first tool in your arsenal of available resources.