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Literature Review: Resources

How to do a Literature Review

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When you begin your search for the literature review, look at articles from a variety of different resources.

  • The Databases Libguide gives an overview of some of the resources on offer.
  • You can access these databases from the A-Z Databases Library page.
  • The NCI Library's Discovery service searches across Databases and is useful when you are starting your research, you will have full access to search results that show the PDF icon, however, when you see the Get Full Text green button, you may not have access.
  • If you have a specific journal that you want to search for go to the A - Z eJournals page.
  • SAGE Research Methods - . With more than 800 books, reference works, journal articles, and videos from SAGE’s world-renowned research methods list, SAGE Research Methods provides information on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings.
  • Scopus is a citation and abstract database and is useful for getting an overview on the type of articles in a subject area.

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Other Resources

  • Mendeley is a Referencing tool that allows you to store references and sometimes, the full article in PDF format. It is useful for keeping track of past articles you may have read. It also allows you to annotate and highlight pdf documents.
  • The best way to search for books is by going to the Library Catalogue, you can search by Subject, Keyword or Topic and browse through the results or if you are looking for a specific book, try entering the author surname. For more information on searching for books, have a look at this Libguide.