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Conduct a Literature Review

A guide to walk you through the process of doing a literature review

About the Guide

A literature review is an essential part of the research process. Conducting a literature review enables scholars to discover what research has already been done and identify what is unknown in a particular field. It is also an inevitable part of study for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

This guide will walk you through the process of conducting a literature review. Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Select & evaluate sources
  • Search literature effectively
  • Get full text
  • Read articles strategically
  • Cite sources

What is a Literature Review

Before we dive into each step, let's first look at what a literature review is. Watch these two videos to gain more understanding on:


Source: UCLA Library (CC BY)

(Simple explanation)

  • Process of creating a literature review
  • Your role as the author of a literature review


Source: NCSU Libraries (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

(In-depth elaboration)

  • Purpose of conducting literature reviews
  • Types of literature reviews
  • A closer look at the "literature" in different disciplines
  • Process of writing a literature review
  • How to get started
  • What's involved in the "reviewing"