Research gaps can be filled using keywords
To detect gaps in literature, use keywords that are relevant to your subject of interest. These steps were taken from Palmer (2019). Determine the most significant keywords for your topic. Certain ideas, theories and procedures that are relevant to your inquiry may be of interest. You can search the internet for these keywords and find studies or publications. To find commonalities and trends within the research, thirdly read the synopsis or abstracts of the papers. Keep an eye out to areas where there is no research or little evidence. Boolean operators, filters and other advanced search options can be used to narrow down the exact sections of literature that you are interested in. 5. To learn more about the area, talk to your mentors and coworkers or attend conferences or workshops. 6. Identify gaps in existing literature and describe them. Then think of how your study could help to fill those holes. This has been proven (Smith and colleagues, 2020). Following these steps, students will be able find a hole in the knowledge base and construct their own study.