Doing a Literature Review

Doing a Literature Review

Definition: Literature review - "The selection of available documents (both published and unpublished) on the topic, which contain information, ideas, data and evidence written from a particular standpoint to fulfil certain aims or express certain views on the nature of the topic and how it is to be investigated, and the effective evaluation of these documents in relation to the research being proposed."  (Hart, 1998)

Online Resources


Searching the Literature

  • Database Research Log
  • Catalogs - Scotty, Melvyl, other catalogs
  • Indexes & Abstracts
  • Google Scholar & Google Books
  • Identify keywords & synonyms
  • Used controlled vocabulary (subject headings) as well as natural language (keywords)
  • Limit to "review articles"
  • Known authors
  • Footnotes/Bibliographies
  • Citations/Cited by References - e.g., Citation Mapping
  • Look for patterns in the literature

Additional Sources of Literature Reviews

Print Resources

The following materials can be either checked out locally or requested via Interlibrary Loans from another UC Library.


Final Tips

Reference Services

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Last modified: 10/13/2011 12:40 PM by M. Yonezawa

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