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UWC Library Researcher Support: Literature Review

What is Literature Review?

A literature review is:

  1. A list of books and journal articles,
  2. on a specific topic,
  3. grouped by theme,
  4. and evaluated with regard to your research. This evaluation would identify connections, contradictions and gaps in the literature you have found.

The purpose of a literature review, therefore, is:

  1. To get a feel for the agreed academic opinion on the subject (the connections).
  2. To discover the disagreements on the subject (the contradictions).
  3. To find opportunities, (the gaps), for developing and expressing your own opinions.

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Using Citation Databases

If you find a seed article, or any other really good article, we have a magic database, called Scopus, which can find all the other articles which have cited that article, either because they support it or because they disagree with it.

Scopus is on our database list under Scopus. Click here to access it directly. In the search results page, you will see a "Cited by" column. If you can't find the full text immediately, you can often get the full text of the articles off one or other of our alternative databases.

You try the same strategy on Academic Search Complete. Click on the "Cited References" link at the top of the page.

Google Scholar does something similar. Find your article of interest, and click on the "Cited by" link.

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