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If You Want Your Research Done Right, Do You Have to Do It All Yourself? Developing Design Principles for Systematic Literature Search Systems

Published: 2017

Buchtitel: Designing the Digital Transformation : DESRIST 2017 Research in Progress Proceedings
Seiten: 138-146
Verlag: Springer
Organisation: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

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A review of existing knowledge builds the foundation of any research project. However, conducting a rigorous and systematic literature search that provides the required literature sample is a complex and tedious task. Existing technical solutions, like literature databases or scientific web search engines, provide only limited support for systematic literature searches, due to their narrow coverage, oversimplified user interfaces, or non-transparent search processes. In this paper, we report the first results of an ongoing design science research project focusing on how to design systematic literature search systems (SLSS) that effectively facilitate systematic literature searches. The meta-requirements and design principles derived in this paper provide a starting point for future research on SLSS. Our research results may also serve as blueprints for new SLSS that increase the comprehensiveness, precision, and reproducibility of systematic literature searches.


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