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Weekend Masters Program: Literature Review Resources

Guide created to support the off-campus learners in the Purdue Polytechnic weekend masters program.

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Literature Review Help Sites

Introduction to writing a literature review: 

How to Write a Literature Review, by Jim Ollhoff
     
http://jimollhoff.com/education/how-to-write-a-literature-review/
          This page is approximately 1/3 of an essay on the topic of writing a literature review. The full essay can be purchased from Amazon in the Kindle format for $2.99. Kindle software is availble for smartphones, computers, and tables, so it it not necessary to have a Kindle device to read the document.

Quick guides to what goes into a literature review from libraries or writing centers at different universities:

University of California, Santa Cruz
     http://library.ucsc.edu/help/howto/write-a-literature-review

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
     http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-reviews/

University of Toronto
     http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review

Writing and APA style help

The Writing Lab and the Online Writing Lab are excellent resources to assist all students.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) has APA format information, both for document formatting and reference formatting.
     http://owl.english.purdue.edu

The Writing Lab is located in Heavilon Hall, Room 226 and is available for one-on-one 30 minute consultations with tutors. The Writing Lab works with graduate and undergraduate students.
     Mondays through Thursdays: 9:00am - 6:00pm
     Fridays: 9:00am - 1:00pm

To make a tutoring appointment, call 765-494-3723.

Purdue Global offers a comprehensive guide on the differences between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Included are suggested signal phrases for quoting. Additionally, directions for proper citation for a variety of sources, such as electronic sources and graphics are included. Further reading materials are offered.

EndNote Information

Purdue University Libraries support the use of EndNote for citation management. EndNote Basic is the web based product and is free for Purdue students to establish an account and use. 

Instructions about how to establish an account from off-campus and video tutorials on how to use EndNote are all linked from the EndNote Basic guide.

There are librarians which support different areas of research and their use of EndNote, a list of which can be found on the left side of the EndNote Basic guide page.

Open Source Citation Mangaement Programs

There are programs in addition to EndNote that do the same functions and are open source and cross-platform usable. All of the programs can import and export data to each other relatively easily, so find the one that works best for you, but if you find a need to change it will not be a problem.

Zotero

     Browser plug-in for desktop support

     Syncs with remote copy of library

     Integrates with MS Word and Open Office

Mendeley

     Stores PDFs locally and syncs with remote copy

     Cite-O-Matic integration with MS Word

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