Checklist for a good literature survey


Some of the essential elements in conducting a good literature survey are listed below. The real world consequences of not conducting a thorough literature survey may be (a) you write up your entire work as a technical paper and find out that the reviewers reject your paper because they think the work has been done before, (b) you present your work to a group of people (may be a potential boss or a potential funder) only to have them question why you did not look at some article, (c) you keep working and spending time on something or the other, only to realize in the end that someone else has presented a solution to the very same problem, or (d) you are not confident that the work you are doing is really new. To avoid potentially embarassing situations, it is always advisable to have spent time conducting a good literature search. Besides, conducting a good literature search is a good confidence booster. So make yourself responsible enough (do not let anyone tell you to do what you should be doing on your own initiative), do not depend on anyone else, and read on ....


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