Books on Writing the Literature Review
What is a literature review?
A literature review is a collection of prior research conducted on a topic. It is a central component of the research process when writing articles, theses, or dissertations as it provides a foundation for your research.
Scroll down to find books, Websites and database resources to help you write your literature review.
Also check out the Articles section of the research guide in your subject area for additional database options.
To search for print copies:
- Use the GIL Online Catalog. Select the keyword search option and type in "dissertations" as a keyword. You may also search for dissertations on a particular topic by entering the topic in the 1st search box and dissertations in the 2nd search box.
To search for online copies:
- Browse or search GSU's Electronic Theses & Dissertations database which houses theses and dissertations full-text online with coverage from 2004. You may also find out how to submit your theses or dissertation to the database.
To search for print/online copies:
- Use the Dissertation & Theses: A&I database. You will be required to enter your Campus ID for off-campus access. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350- word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles available in PDF formats include free twenty-four page previews. UMI offers over 1.8 million titles for purchase in microform, paper or electronic formats. You may also request to borrow a copy through Interlibrary Loan if you are GSU faculty, student, or staff.
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The linked catalogs below offer access to online catalogs with keyword and exact searching for materials at GSU and beyond.
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To request books found in WorldCat that are not available via GIL or GIL Express: submit an Interlibrary Loan request form.
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