A few tips to consider when preparing your literature review:
* Organization is vital. Try Zotero!
* Become familiar with key words and other important terminology. Try the ERIC thesaurus or other database subject headings.
* "Mine" bibliographies. If you find a good article on your topic, consider tracking down the resources the author(s) used for their research. Try "Cited References" in EBSCO databases, Google Scholar, and "Most Read/Cited" in the Sage Education collection.
* The absence of research may tell you as much as the abundance of resources on a topic.
* Need to find an older article? Try JSTOR.
How to Conduct a Lit Review
Below are some examples of how to conduct a literature review:
- Washington and Lee University--Literature Review
- Penn State University Libraries--Conducting a Literature Search
- The Literature Review--A Few Tips On Conducting It
Also included here is a link to Adelphi Libraries interactive Tutorial on Conducting a Literature Review in the Education and Behavioral Sciences. You will need sound for parts of this, so turn your speakers up or have headphones handy.
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