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How can I do a good literature review?

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Here is a list of good web resources and books in our collection to help you with the process of reading for and writing your literature review (whether for a paper or a thesis/dissertation).

Good online overviews of literature review process

Western University Libraries (of Ontario Canada)

http://www.lib.uwo.ca/tutorials/literaturereview 

Literature Reviews: An overview for graduate students (North Carolina State)

http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/lit-review/


Some references to good articles and websites:


"How to Read a Paper" - by S. Keshav - nice short and sweet
See link below.

"Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper." By George M. Whitesides. 2004. Advanced Materials, 16(15); 1375-1377.
Cited many times and available in multiple places on the web:
http://www.ee.ucr.edu/~rlake/Whitesides_writing_res_paper.pdf
http://chemistry.bd.psu.edu/justik/CHEM%20400/CHEM%20400%20Writing%20a%20Paper.pdf
http://courses.chem.indiana.edu/A800/documents/WhitesidesGroupWritingaPaper.pdf

Books in our collection

The craft of research...
by Booth, Wayne C. Published 2008
This book is a CLASSIC. We have hardcover copies at call number Q180.55 .M4 B66.  However, we have also access to the 2008 eBook (see link below)

Doing a literature review in health and social care a practical guide...
by Aveyard, Helen. Published 2010
Location: Electronic Books
See link below.

The literature review : six steps to success...
by Machi, Lawrence A. Published 2009
Call Number: LB1047.3.M33 2009
Location: Education Library, General Stacks

Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination...
by Hart, Chris. Published 1998
Call Number: H62.H2566 1998
Location: Education Library, General Stacks

The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students...
by Ridley, Diana, Dr. Published 2008
Call Number: LB2369.R525 2008
Location: Education Library, General Stacks

Doing your literature review : traditional and systematic techniques...
by Jesson, Jill. Published 2011
Call Number: H62.J455 2011
Location: Waldo Library, General Stacks

Health sciences literature review made easy : the matrix method...
by Garrard, Judith. Published 2004
Call Number: R118.6.G37 2004
Location: Waldo Library, General Stacks

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