Research for the Literature Review

Research for the Literature Review

" ...the literature review both shows that you have done your homework and helps give your readers the background necessary to understand your own research." --- Rachel Singer Gordon

1. Choose a Topic

Example: high school graduation rates of English language learners

  Tutorials and Guides:

Conducting a Literature Review in the Education and Behavioral Sciences 
(Libraries of Adelphi University)

Search Strategy Tip 1:

Search "literature review" as a methodology

Researching and Writing Literature Reviews 
(University of Arizona Library)


Sources of Literature Reviews:

Annual Reviews journals

Review of Educational Research

Research Handbooks

2. Identify Keywords

  Further Information: high school graduation rates of English language learners

Search Strategy Tip 2:

Search "literature reviews" as a subject heading/descriptor or thesaurus term.


Cooper, H.  (1998).  Synthesizing Research: A Guide for Literature Reviews.
(call number H62 C5859)

Galvan, J.L. (1999).  Writing Literature Reviews.
(call number H61.8 G3)

Hart, C. (1998).  Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination  (call number H62 H367)

3. Develop Synonyms

high school or secondary school
graduat* or diploma
English language learner or ELL or English as a second language or ESL
literature review or review of the literature or overview or systematic review or meta-analysis


4. Create a Search Strategy

  Advanced search strategy:
(high school or secondary school) AND
(graduat* or diploma) AND
(English language learner or ELL or English as a second language or ESL)

Search Strategy Tip 3:

Also search synonyms such as: "meta analysis"; "review of the literature"; "overview"; "systematic review"


Last modified: 10/8/2010 4:22 PM by C. Cicchetti

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