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Literature searching for science & technology

This guide is aimed at School of Science & Technology students who are starting work on a literature review for their dissertation or project.

Getting your material 

Type of material - think about the resources you need to read to inform your project.

Include a number of articles from academic or professional journals, as well as a range of books. You can also use other resources such as:

  • Legislation - may cover areas such as security or data protection.
  • Standards and patents - these regulate sectors such as building and construction.
  • Maps and films
  • Government publications and grey literature - for example, company annual reports, theses and dissertations.
  • Data and statistics - these can be downloaded from business databases or Governmental websites.

Where to find the material you need

  • Peer reviewed journal articles can be found in databases such as Science Direct.
  • Legislation - search for this in the legal databases, Westlaw and Lexis.
  • Standards - BSI Online for UK and UK-adopted standards. ASTM for US standards.
  • Maps - Digimap for Ordnance Survey maps, plus marine and geological data.
  • Box of Broadcasts - TV and radio programmes.
  • Primary source news - Nexis and PressReader.
  • Company information - Business Source Ultimate, Nexis and Bloomberg. Marketline for market research and SWOT analysis.

For further information, see our other LibGuides for help in other specialist topics such as health and business.