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Literature Review Tips & Tools

On this guide, we share tips for doing any type of comprehensive literature review and tools that can help in the process.

Ellen's Top 5 Tips

Health Sciences Librarian Ellen Lutz made the following video and handout for graduate nursing students, but the tips apply to other disciplines as well. (Although Ellen is happy to meet with students from any department/program to discuss methodology, for assistance with keywords and database recommendations, it is best to contact your subject librarian.)

Exporting Large Results Sets & Removing Duplicates

Here are Ellen's instructions on how to export large results sets into Excel and Citation Managers and remove duplicate items.

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.

VIDEO - Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

This video from North Carolina State University Libraries give an overview of the Literature Review process. (about 9 1/2 minutes)

VIDEO - Lit Review & Meta-Analysis

This video from the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries is directed at Psychology students, but gives some examples of how to organize & present the results of a literature review. (about 4 minutes)