Define key terms: look for differences in the way keys terms are defined (note these differences).
Identify major trends or patterns.
Identify gaps in the literature, and reflect on why these might exist.
Evaluate your references for currency and coverage. Generally literature reviews cover the last 5 years but should also refer to any landmark studies prior to this time.
Here's the easy way to see if the library has access to it.
Click here for a listing of the entire journal/newspaper holdings of the library.
Just enter the name of the journal you want and if it is available there will be a link to its location in our collection or there will be information about where it is located in our library. Most journals are online but the library does have a small print collection.
When beginning your research, it can be very helpful to use a general database such as EBSCO Discovery. EBSCO Discovery searches many fo the Library's databases at once. Google Scholar can also be a good tool for this, although it has significantly less full text access.
You will need to experiment with different searches, such as limiting your search to descriptors that appear only in the document titles, or in both the document title and in the abstract.
Redefine your topic if needed: as you search you will quickly find out if the topic that you are reviewing is too broad. Try to narrow it to a specific area of interest within the broad area that you have chosen.
We have many different databases for all kinds of research projects. Use the drop-down menu to select the one that is right for you.