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Literature Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies

You'll Need to Use:

Don't start a project without first gathering the tools you'll need.


Your 3 Library Accounts: Access these accounts under 'My Accounts' on the ASU Library home page,


Keeping Track

You'll be searching many databases multiple times and with different search strategies - keeping track of what you need to do as well as what you've already done will eliminate redundancies and prevent missing steps.  Don't forget to keep track of alerts/feeds/saved searches as well.

Try the Keeping Current Library Guide for easy ways to keep up with new articles on your topic using alerts, feeds, and saved searches.  Let the databases and journals do the work for you. All you'll have to do is read.

Use what ever "keeping track" method works best for you - paper or software.  

Graduate Student Library Guide

More tools and resources at the Graduate Student Guide, an Introduction to Research Resources and Library Services for ASU Graduate Students.

Literature Reviews: An Overview

Thank you to the NCSU Libraries who created this excellent video overview and gave it a CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 License   

Find Your Research Guide

Use the Research Guide for your subject area to find the best databases and resources in your field or topic area of focus.

ASU Graduate Writing Centers

Get help on writing projects including: brainstorming, drafting, and revising.

Writing Centers (Drop in and online)

Writing Tools

Citation Styles - This guide provides information about citing resources and citation styles.

Citation Management Tools - This guide provides information about citation management tools, or applications used to organize your references, generating bibliographies, and collaborating with others.

Tonette S. Rocco and Tim Hatcher, eds. The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. (E-Book)

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