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Literature Reviews

What is a literature review?

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an excellent summary.

Literature Review Examples

Most academic research articles will contain a brief literature review. However, to see examples of more comprehensive ones, here are some good places to start.



This guide links to some of the resources available to students in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences as you work on a literature review.

Please contact me if you have specific questions!

Your SPHHS librarian,


Finding Grey Literature & Data

  • Grey Literature Report
    Published by The New York Academy of Medicine
  • Grey Literature - Public Health
    This guide from the Washington University (St. Louis) Libraries links to a slide deck about searching for grey literature and contains a large list of suggested sites for grey literature.
  • Open Grey
    Site for searching grey literature in Europe
  • CDC Stacks
    CDC's site to search all their publications
  • Dissertations & Theses Full Text
    This database can help you find out what other Master's and PhD students are writing about.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
    An agency of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, this site offers information & data for a variety of audiences.
  • Health Data from
    "Explore datasets, tools, and applications related to health and health care. These resources come from across the Federal Government with the goal of improving the health and lives of all Americans."
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse
    Also part of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, "NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines."

Upcoming Grad Student Workshops

Science Librarians will be holding workshops specifically designed for Graduate Students throughout the Fall Semester!

Oct 13 


Calipari Classroom in Lower Level of W.E.B. Du Bois Library Literature Reviews in the Sciences with Naka Ishii

Oct 17 


Science & Engineering Library Computer Classroom, A367 (enter Library on 2nd floor) Data Management Basics for STEM with Thea Atwood

Nov 3 


Science & Engineering Library Computer Classroom, A367 (enter Library on 2nd floor) Patent Information - Why, Where & How with Paulina Borrego

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