Leeds University Library

Library launches new literature scoping service for researchers

Published Friday 11 November 2016

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LUCID can help funded researchers find literature

If you are currently submitting a funding proposal for your research project, then LUCID can support you.

LUCID, a fee-based literature searching service based in the Library, currently provides free scoping searches for researchers who propose to cost LUCID literature services into their funding bids.

LUCID assists pre-award research teams with search methodology planning, including advice on selecting the most appropriate databases and other resources for your project. Initial scoping search strategies will also be provided to enhance your funding proposal.

What is a scoping search?

A scoping search is

  • designed to map out in broad terms the literature of a topic area by identifying key issues, theories and sources of evidence
  • commonly used to understand a topic area, the better to evaluate whether research is needed or feasible and to define research questions
  • an overview of the existing literature, highlighting any weaknesses or uncertainties. It provides clarity on key themes, how they might intersect, possible comparative analysis or predicted outcomes, and the general advancement of research
  • an indication of the depth and breadth of the research topic. It can assist with anticipating the amount of work required for a project

A scoping search is also a good way to measure other resources that may be needed for the project, and can assist in predicting timelines for the different stages of the project.

Contact us

Email LUCID if you would like to discuss using a scoping search to enhance your funding proposal at lucid@library.leeds.ac.uk

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