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Copy of How to Conduct a Literature Review: Outline and Tutorials

Based on the Guide created by Michae Pearce at the Univ of Alabama


This course guide is designed to help faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the process of conducting and writing a literature review for any discipline.

How to Conduct a Literature Review

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Learn how to conduct a literature review.

  • What is a Literature Review? | Learn the purpose of a literature review.
  • What is an Annotated Bibliography?  Lear how an annotate bibl differs from a Lit Review? 
  • Types of Reviews
  • Starting your Research| Steps for starting your lit review.
  • Finding "The Literature" | Where to search.
  • Finding Models |  Sometimes an example can be the best help.
  • Organizing/Writing | Advice on how to structure your literature review.
  • Citation Help | Style guides and citation management software.


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Literature Review Tutorial

Literature Review: An Overview for Graduate Students (From North Carolina State University Libraries)

This tutorial is an excellent resource demonstrating how to conduct a literature review.

Tutorials on Literature Reviews: How to find and do them.

Do you need to find review articles or do a lit review? 

This tutorial explains the difference between review articles and research articles and gives a quick example on how to find literature reviews using PsycINFO.

 Need  more help?  Click on the Adelphi University link to see a much longer and more detailed tutorial.