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Finding Relevant Articles

There is, as yet, no single place to look for your topic to make sure you're finding all the articles you must read for your literature review (unfortunately!). Depending on your topic, the following databases are critical to your search. Use Search Tips & Tricks to combine keywords and synonyms until you can be certain you've found all there is to find.

Books from Samuel C. Williams Library

The books here all include mention of lit reviews and how to do them.

Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

(Definition used with permission from Olin Library Reference
Research & Learning Services
Cornell University Library
Ithaca, NY, USA)

Articles about Lit Reviews

All articles available through Samuel C. Williams Library oneSearch.

  • Card, N.A. (2010). Literature review. In Salkind, N.J. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Research Design [e-book], p. 725-728. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage.
    • Excellent overview.
  • Marshall, G. (March 2010). Writing... a literature review. Synergy, p.20-23. Retrieved from ProQuest Central.
  • Pautasso, M. (2013, July). Ten simple rules for writing a literature review. PLoS Computational Biology 9(7): e1003149. DOI:  10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003149
    • Great advice!
  • Sastry, M.K.S.; Mohammed, C. (15-17 July 2013). The summary-comparison matrix: A tool for writing the literature review. Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), 2013 IEEE International, 1-5. doi: 10.1109/IPCC.2013.6623891. Retrieved from IEEE Xplore.
    • Another article grid to try, aimed at undergraduate engineering students but useful for anyone.