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Literature Review: Subject Searching

Review Discipline Styles

Each discipline has its own style for writing a literature review; social science lit reviews may look different than those from the biological sciences or engineering.

The best way to become familiar with lit reviews in your field of study is to look at published books and journal articles and note how they present the information.

Here are some places to search:

Search the Library Catalog for Books and eBooks


Search for Articles on your topic (see also "Additional Resources" below for subject-specific databases)

Search multiple databases with a single search:

Additional Resources

Searching within your subject area will give you more specific research that speaks to your own research topic.

Look though major journals in your field.

Browsing is less targeted than searching, but can be good for lucky finds.If there are major journals in your field, you can read new issues when they arrive in the Library or when they are posted online.

Journals By Subject


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