Writing a Literature Review

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Research Databases

Comprehensive searches in library databases are required to make sure you are finding all sources on your topic.

Search Tips:

  • Using the "right keywords" is an essential part of doing a thorough search. 
  • Enter few, but key terms. Then look at related searches that come up and hits to glean additional terms/phrases.
  • Keep track of your searches using a research log. 
  • Use Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) searching to broaden or narrow your searches. Learn more about advanced searching and filtering within Summon and search engines.
  • Stay current: Set up RSS feeds or article alerts if you are doing a long term project.