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Literature searches Citing sources Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 1
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Why search (and cite) the literature of your field? Credibility : To be sure that your work is based on current, sound research--the best in your field. • Focus : To be able to place your work in context. Efficiency : To be sure that you’re not duplicating work unnecessarily. Professional ethics : If you don’t show your awareness of current research and give appropriate citation, you risk appearing naïve or arrogant or dishonest. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2
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Where do literature searches appear? • Sometimes they are separate documents. More often, they are embedded in complex documents (proposals, reports, thesis). Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 3
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Where to find literature to search? Start with a respected, current source, and look at that author’s list of sources. Talk to your professor or to a professional in that field. Ask a reference librarian for help in searching –Books – Journal articles – Electronic databases – Conference proceedings Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 4
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• Use the Internet judiciously. – Find out as much as you can about the site and the site manager, the date of posting, and whether or not the material was peer-reviewed. – If a posted article is important to your work, print the article for future documentation. Join a professional listserve and put out a request for information. Department of Aeronautics and
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course AERO 16.61 taught by Professor Earlmurman during the Spring '03 term at MIT.

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