A Literature Review...
A Literature Review should...
Adapted from “The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting It”, by Dena Taylor and Margaret Procter, University of Toronto: www.writing.utoronto.ca (file linked below)
Strategies for a literature review search...
What are the top journals in your field? Which journals are the best for your topic?
The following resources can help you answer the following questions, which can be helpful to consider when performing a literature review:
How many times has one of the articles you're using in your literature review been cited?
The answer to that question can tell you not only how influential an article has been, but can lead you to more articles on your topic. Use the following to find out how many times the article you're using has been cited:
It can be helpful to look at the work of your peers to get a sense of how certain kinds of writing and research is done, including the literature review.
You can look at the full text of past dissertations, research, and other scholarly work from PSU students and faculty in the library's digital repository, PDXScholar.
This excellent overview of the literature review explains what a literature review and outlines processes and best practices for doing one. It includes input from an NCSU professor on what a literature review is and what it should do. (Shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US license, attributed to North Carolina State University Libraries).
Here's another excellent tutorial on what a literature review is and how to write it, in two parts, from David Taylor at the University of Maryland University College's Writing Program.
Here's part two of David Taylor's "Writing the Literature Review" tutorial, from the University of Maryland University College's Writing Program.
Google Scholar has been customized by the PSU library to find some full-text articles at PSU !
Link to the PSU Google Scholar from this page http://library.pdx.edu/research/
Google Scholar can be extremely helpful in finding out how many times an article has been cited and who cited an article. This can help you determine how important an article is and which other authors you may want to investigate.
Make sure you're checking your discipline's databases as well, for fuller, more complete scholarly coverage of the journal articles on your topic.