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Publishing & Grant Writing in STEM: Searching the Literature

This guide provides resources for locating funding opportunities, conducting literature searches, and writing articles and grants in STEM.

Searching the existing literature is an important step in the grant writing process and helps you position your proposed study within the existing body of research. Below are just some of the databases you can use to search the literature. 

Tips for Searching the Literature

Define your scope

Use a citation management system (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc)

Comprehensiveness is key (use a variety of databases and keywords)

Keep track of search terms

Search for cited references

Adapted from Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review (DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003149

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