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Literature Reviews: An Overview: Home

Suggestions for students completing literature reviews and conducting interdisciplinary research.

Literature Reviews: An Overview

What is a literature review? What purpose does it serve in research? What should you expect when writing one?

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Your subject librarian is an expert in searching the literature. We can help you

  • Find published research, data, and other information relevant to your topic.
  • Develop strategies for staying current in your field.
  • Search the literature in other disciplines related to your topic.

Contact your subject librarian or request a consultation.

Did you know?

  • Many databases provide alerts that automatically send email notifications for new citations related to your research interests.
  • You can be notified when an article is cited.
  • You can have tables of content of newly published journal issues sent to your email or RSS feed.

Note: These notifications often provide article links that are not set up to work for off-campus access. See our Off-Campus User Guide for ways to access our subscriptions.

As your subject librarian for help in setting up alerts that provide results that are both relevant and manageable.

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