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Guidelines for snowballing in systematic literature studies and a replication in software engineering
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Systematic literature studies have become common in software engineering, and hence it is important to understand how to conduct them efficiently and reliably. Objective: This paper presents guidelines for conducting literature reviews using a snowballing approach, and they are illustrated and evaluated by replicating a published systematic literature review. Method: The guidelines are based on the experience from conducting several systematic literature reviews and experimenting with different approaches. Results: The guidelines for using snowballing as a way to search for relevant literature was successfully applied to a systematic literature review. Conclusions: It is concluded that using snowballing, as a first search strategy, may very well be a good alternative to the use of database searches.

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London: ACM , 2014.
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Systematic literature review, systematic mapping studies, snowballing, snowball search, replication
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6463DOI: 10.1145/2601248.2601268Local ID: 978-1-4503-2476-2OAI: diva2:833971
International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
EASE '14 Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering Article No. 38Available from: 2014-12-30 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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