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You Can't Make Bricks Without Straw: Designing Systematic Literature Search Systems

Published: 2017

Buchtitel: Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017)
Verlag: AIS
Organisation: Association for Information Systems (AIS)

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Although a rigorous review of literature is essential for any research endeavor, technical solutions that support systematic literature review approaches are still scarce. Systematic literature searches in particular are often described as complex, error-prone and time-consuming, due to the prevailing lack of adequate technical support. In this study, we therefore aim to learn how to design information systems that effectively facilitate systematic literature searches. Using the design science research paradigm, we develop design principles that intend to increase comprehensiveness, precision, and reproducibility of systematic literature searches. The design principles are derived through multiple design cycles that include the instantiation of the principles in form of a prototype web application and qualitative evaluations. Our design knowledge could serve as a foundation for future research on systematic search systems and support the development of innovative information systems that, eventually, improve the quality and efficiency of systematic literature reviews.


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