This guide will help you to plan your literature review and to adopt a systematic approach to searching the literature.
"The literature review chapter in the thesis, then, justifies the proposed research by identifying trends or gaps in the literature, and, by a review of relevant studies, demonstrates that you understand the relevant literature and shows how your study will contribute to that body of knowledge."
Burton, Suzan, and Steane, Peter. Surviving Your Thesis. London: Routledge, 2004.
Try using a search strategy worksheet to identify key concepts in your research question:
Download File Sample strategy
Download File Blank worksheet
(From program developed by librarians from Ohio universities)
A handy guide provided by Elsevier’s Library Connect which covers:
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See also our Information & Digital Literacy Skills library guide designed for undergraduates