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SCOM 3050 Research Methods: Literature reviews 

More info!

This page includes material from Sharon Leslie's excellent Literature Reviews research guide.

See Ms. Leslie's guide for much more information about writing lit reviews.

"How To" Books @ the GSU Library

Recommended databases

These are probably the two databases you'll need for this project. The library has many other relevant databases if you're not finding what you need.

Some topics will be covered well in both databases or might need to be searched elsewhere. Ask me if you need advice.

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review does not present an original argument, but instead is an overview or discussion of existing literature (scholarly writing) on a particular topic. The literature may come from books, articles, reports, or other formats.

It's a review because it usually contains a summary, synthesis, or analysis of the central arguments in the existing literature.

Literature Reviews

This video by NC State Libraries is an excellent explanation (not just for grad students!)

"Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students" by North Carolina State University Libraries.


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