American Society of Civil Engineers


Using the Evidence: Comparison of Civil and Building Lecturers’ and Students’ Approaches to the Literature Review


by Elizabeth Gadd, (corresponding author), (Academic Services Manager, Engineering, Univ. Library, Loughborough Univ., Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, U.K. E-mail: E.A.Gadd@lboro.ac.uk), Andrew Baldwin, (Professor of Construction Management, Dept. of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough Univ., Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, U.K. E-mail: A.N.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk), Michael Norris, (Research Associate, Dept. of Information Science, Loughborough Univ., Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, U.K. E-mail: M.Norris@lboro.ac.uk), and Sharon Reid, (Academic Librarian, Univ. Library, Loughborough Univ., Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, U.K. E-mail: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk)

Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 138, No. 2, April 2012, pp. 114-122, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000077)

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: Lecturers and students in the Civil and Building Engineering Dept. at Loughborough Univ. were surveyed to gain an understanding of how they expected the literature review element of final year projects to be undertaken. The results showed a disparity in the number and type of resources expected to be used; in the problems they anticipated when undertaking a literature review; and in the confidence levels students had in the use of information tools. Recommendations are made to improve the teaching of the literature review


ASCE Subject Headings:
Bibliographies
Information management
Students
Engineering education
Universities

Author Keywords:
Literature review
Information management
Evidence-based practice
Information seeking behaviour