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About the Literature Review
Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students
We have highlighted some sections which may be of particular interest.
- Research is about telling a story -- a professor's prespective (2:12 - 3:08)
- Different types of literature review -- e.g. in a thesis or dissertation (3:48 - 4:13)
- So what's involved in reviewing the literature? (7:00 - 8:46)
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Literature Review Examples
Finding Literature Reviews
Locating an in-depth review related to your topic of interest, can be a good first step to finding relevant information. Look for literature reviews limiters in various databases.
Web of Science
Provides access to multiple science and social science databases: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 - present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956 - present), Science Citation Index (1900 - present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Science (1990 - present), and Conference Proceedings Citation Index-Social Science & Humanities (1990 - present). Also includes Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
1806 - present. The PsycINFO database contains citations to articles in over 1,300 professional journals, conference proceedings, books, , and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines. Most citations include abstracts.
1951 - present. Includes more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Use UC-eLinks to link to full text when not otherwise available.