Answered By: Michael Pujals
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014     Views: 16

You may have already done this, but this is how I would approach it:

  1. Start off with searching Google and Google Scholar and look for recurring references, authors, papers.
  2. Look at the literature review of papers that seem on topic.  The lit review should mention major papers and authors on the topic.  Again, look for common themes.  Also, look at the dates of the papers mentioned in the lit review.  If a lot of papers were written during the 1980s, for example, then you might want to concentrate your search on that time period.
  3. Check out our databases, especially CINAHL, ProQuest Nursing, JSTOR, SAGE journals, Academic Search Complete and Omnifile.

In searching these sources, you should be able to identify one or two major papers and authors that everyone keeps referring to.

If you find papers that were written the 20 - 30 years, the authors may still be available.  See if you can find a listing for them at an academic institution and send them an email inquiring about their research.

Feel free to contact a librarian if you need more in-depth help with this.


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