Conducting a Literature Review


Welcome to the library workshop and guide Conducting a Literature Review.  In this workshop we will be reviewing pertinent library resources and services you should know about that will be useful to you when putting together a research plan and doing library research.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:                                   

  • Identify what a literature review is
  • Develop a research question
  • Write a search statement/Formulate a search strategy
  • Identify appropriate databases to search
  • Identify useful research strategies (bibliographic trail, alerting services, RefWorks, keeping a record of what was searched and the results)

Develop a Research Plan

  • Design a search strategy for searching the appropriate databases or a concept map
  • Be comprehensive
  • Follow the bibliographic trail
    Read Bibliographies
    Identify Dissertations
    Locate scholars on your topic and in your field
    Search WorldCat
    Check Cited References
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  • Use "Alerting Services"
  • Employ a bibliographic management tool
  • Keep notes of where you looked, what you used to locate information (search terms) and what you found
  • Use controlled vocabulary, thesauri, descriptors, and/or subject terms
  • Don't use federated searching