Literature review

To conduct a literature review search you will have to use the Publish or Perish General citation search. Depending on how broad you want the results to be, you could use Any of the words, All of the words or The phrase. This will match these words anywhere in the resulting publications. If you use The phrase, the words will be matched in the order they were entered.

"Title words only" identifies key publications

If you want to narrow down the results, ticking the Title words only box will only provide publications where the words are included in the title. As one would normally expect important publications in a field to include relevant key words in their title, this might be a good strategy.

Worked example: Born global firms

Let’s assume you would like to know what has been written about the relatively new concept of "born global" firms in international business. Born global firms are firms who start operating internationally from their inception, rather than starting out as domestic firms first and only internationalising gradually.

To do so enter "born global" OR "born globals" in All of the words, check the Title words only box. This results in around 400 papers, three of which have been cited more than 1500 times. The screenshot above shows all papers with more than 400 citations.

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