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Conducting a Literature Review: Selected Resources

At some point while you are in college you will be asked to write a literature review. Because there are so many great resources from various universities out there our library compiled this page, with what we think might help with the process. As always, whenever you have research-related questions, please feel free to call our Reference Desk: 282-3152 or take advantage of our Ask A Librarian service. Also, stop by ISUís Writing Center for help.

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students:

A nine-minute tutorial from North Carolina State University (NCSU) Library on writing literature reviews.

Literature Review:

A guide from University of Southern California (USC) Library on different types of literature reviews, steps to follow and mistakes to avoid.

How to Write a Literature Review:

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison provides help on writing introduction, body and conclusion of literature review.

How to Write a Literature Review:

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
These three YouTube videos define, discuss, and demonstrate how to write a literature review.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):

This page looks at the subject specific writing: from social sciences to medical writing.

Write a Literature Review (UC Santa Cruz University Library):

The UC Santa Cruz University Library defines the process of a literature review while also offering clues about its components and purpose.

General Books available at ISU Library:

  • The literature review: six steps to success / Lawrence A. Machi, Brenda T. McEvoy. (Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) Call Number: LB1047.3 .M33 2009)
  • The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students / Diana Ridley. (Location: Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) Call Number: LB2369 .R525 2008)
  • Doing a literature review: releasing the social science research imagination / Chris Hart. (Location: Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) Call Number: H62 .H2566 1998
  • For subject specific literature review materials search library catalog or contact Reference Desk: (208) 282-3152.


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