This guide demonstrates the process involved in doing a thorough literature review (or literature survey) and what is involved in each step. Although designed specifically for this class, the information in this guide will be usefull for other graduate level classes and in the literature review that will be needed for your thesis or dissertation.
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What is a "Survey"?
What is a literature review or literature survey and why is it important? The different types of literature reviews are described and examples are given.
The Literature Review/Survey Process
The main page discuss why the thorough literature review is different from the personal types of information searches one does and even different from the types of written assignments required in undergraduate classes. This section includes the following sub-pages describing the steps within the process:
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You may have finished your literature review but that doesn't mean the world has stop publishing. Use your time efficiently by letting the databases, journals and publishers alert you when new material in your area comes out. This section tells about the different features that make keeping current just a click away; subpages:
A handy checklist you can use for the steps in the process.