Searching for a literature review

Do you need to do a thorough literature review for your thesis/a paper/some other project? Come and see us at the Octagon Room - Main Library

Why is the literature search and review important?

Using the published literature is a core part of the academic communication process. It connects your work to wider scholarly knowledge, demonstrates your understanding, and puts any research you have done in a wider context.

You need to use the published literature in order to:

• provide an academic basis to your research

• clarify your ideas and findings

• find data and research methods

• identify potential issues with the work you plan to do

Some projects involve conducting your own studies, in others you may be analysing the literature itself, or other primary sources. In all these cases, the information you find in your literature search should inform and underpin everything you do, including the methods you use and your discussion of your findings.

Come and get advice on choosing appropriate databases and constructing thorough searches