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Distance Education: Literature Review Support

Writing the Literature Review (Part One): Step-by-Step Tutorial for Graduate Students [Produced by University of Maryland University College]

Writing the Literature Review (Part Two): Step-by-Step Tutorial for Graduate Students [Produced by University of Maryland University College]

Conducting a Literature Review: Good Place to Start- Citation Databases

Interdisciplinary Citation Databases:  

A good place to start your research is to search a research citation database to view the scope of literature available on your topic.

Begin your research with a "seed article" - an article that strongly supports your research topic.  Then use a citation database to follow the studies published by finding articles which have cited that article, either because they support it or because they disagree with it.

Snowballing is the process where researchers will begin with a select number of articles they have identified relevant/strongly supports their topic and then search each articles' references reviewing the studies cited to determine if they are relevant to your research.

BONUS POINTS: This process also helps identify key highly cited authors within a topic to help establish the "experts" in the field.

Literature Review (Video)

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students by North Carolina State University Libraries

Finding the Evidence - A PICO Tutorial

This video from the CEBM demonstrates how to use PICO to formulate a clinical question.

PubMed Advanced Search Builder

Use MeSH to Build a Better PubMed Query

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