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Provides overview of available materials for distance and local BCM graduate students.

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Literature Reviews

A good literature review finds relevant academic literature and places it in a context that supports future research.  In other words, what background does the audience need to know in order to understand the innovation that you are presenting in your thesis or article?


Reed, L. (1998). Performing a Literature Review. 1998 Frontiers in Engineering Conference. IEEE: Tempe, AZ. Available online.


Example Literature Reviews

Here are several scholarly works with excellent literature reviews. Some have been recommended by other BCM graduate students. If you find a good example of a literature review, contact Megan ( and we'll post it to this section. 

Baines, T, H. Lightfoot, G.M. Williams, and R. Greenough. (2006). State-of-the-art in Lean design engineering: A literature review on white collar lean. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, v. 220, n. 9, p. 1538-1547. Available online.

Galasiu, A.D., and J.A. Veitch. (2006). Occupant preferences and satisfaction with the luminous environment and control systems in daylit offices: a literature review. Energy and Buildings. v. 38, n. 7, p. 728-42. Available online.

Ramsey, Alexis E. (2008). [Ad]Dressing the Past: A Critical Methodology for Archival Research in Rhetoric and Composition. Available online.

Ross, Nicole, Paul A. Bowen, and David Lincoln. (2010). Sustainable housing for low-income communities: Lessons for South Africa in local and other developing world cases.  Available online.

Van Loo, J.M., C.A. Robbins, L. Swenson, and B.J. Kelman. (2004). Growth of mold on fiberglass insulation materials-a review of the literature. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene v. 1, no. 6, p. 349 - 54. Available online.



Literature Review Help Sites

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill

University of Toronto


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