You have searched for relevant literature, for instance in Scopus. You now have a manageable selection of publications for the purpose of your assignment (e.g. more than 10 titles and less than 50).
How do you select the best resources in the results list? Which publications should you read first and which publications can you leave unread for the time being or maybe even ignore? Keep in mind the focus of your research questions.
Review the short list on the basis of:
Watch the video Peer Review in 3 Minutes (3:15) to find out more about the peer-review process.
Searching for peer reviewed articles and books might accidently take out work which will be useful for your research, because even esteemed scholars publish non-peer reviewed articles and books. Let’s take for example Noble Laureate Sir Roger Penrose. If we search for his work in sEURch we find 2600 results ranging from articles to books. But if we turn on peer review only for the search, the results are cut down to 400. So, by looking for only peer reviewed materials, we cut out well more than half of the work of a Noble Laureate, and this is something you need to consider when setting up your searches.