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Literature Reviews

Exploring a Topic

Doing background research can help you get an overview of your topic, point you to core sources and authors, and be a springboard for more in-depth research. Background research may also help you broaden or narrow your research topic.

The following multidisciplinary resources are generally good places to being exploring your topic. 

Finding Literature Reviews

Locating literature reviews on your topic can also provide a helpful topic overview. Many articles include a literature review section; review articles focus on reviewing the literature on a topic. 

Strategies for finding review articles:

  • Add the phrase "literature review" or "review article" to a search.
  • Use the "Document or Publication Type" field available in most databases to limit your search to review articles.