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Conduct a Literature Review

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

Recommended Library Resources

The selection of the material type depends on your information needs. The table below summarizes some commonly used scholarly sources and popular sources for different research purposes.

Type of Materials Purpose Recommended Library Resources
Scholarly Sources
Reference Works (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks) To get some background information of a subject; to look for "definition", or a fact, like the entries in Wikipedia, but in a scholarly format.
Books To get the whole picture and more in-depth context of a subject.  Direct search in OneSearch
Scholarly Journal Articles To understand the latest research on a very specific topic.



Standards To find the rules or requirements concerning definitions of terms, procedures, or quality of performance for materials, products, systems, etc.
Popular Sources
Newspapers To find information on current or historical events, local and international.
Magazines (Popular Journals) To find up-to-date information and opinions about events and popular culture.

Direct search in OneSearch

Some examples: Time, The Economist, National Geographic

Statistics To find numbers, data, statistics to answer "how many" or "how much" questions.