Systematic and stringent reviewing of articles: Qualitative analysis and search-based methods

The course address qualitative analysis of sources such as articles (e.g., deconstructing articles into themes (i.e., critical concepts and their relations), employing criteria to evaluate and compare themes, reorganizing and synthesizing themes for different goals) as well as snowballing for complete coverage of articles in a field of study. How to handle mismatching terminologies as well as judging the quality of the publication channel are also addressed. Tools for keeping track of references as well as analyzing references are briefly addressed.

All assignments are based on articles in the field of the individual students and, at the end of the course, participants should have surveyed and analyzed a non-empty set of critical themes in their respective research field. After the course, participants should be able to perform article reviewing with a broad framework in a systematic and stringent fashion.