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URBS 400: Senior Seminar: Conducting a Literature Review

Starting Out on a Literature Review

Reference works

Find existing lit reviews

You can jumpstart your lit review by finding lit reviews on similar topics that have already been written.

Article databases


Tip: Use Thesaurus or Index to indentify useful terms for searching.

Tip: Use proximity searching to catch variations.
     E.g., literature near/3 review (ProQuest)

Screenshot of Advanced Search using different fields


The work of doctoral students, dissertations may never be published in book form, but they can be rich resources. They invariably include a lit review as a chapter, and often have extensive bibliographies.

Annual Reviews

The Annual Reviews series of journals are entirely composed of extensive lit reviews.

Citation Indexes

Trace citations backward and forward in time to see the reception of ideas

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