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This page is about locating literature reviews in specific journals and databases. Check the Handbooks page for more options.
A literature review summarizes & analyzes published work on a topic in order to
- evaluate the state of research on the topic.
- provide an overview of previous research on a topic that critically evaluates, classifies, and compares what has already been published on a particular topic.
- suggest future research and/or gaps in knowledge.
- synthesize and place into context original research and scholarly literature relevant to the topic (as in the literature review prior within an empirical research article.
Quick Routes to Literature Reviews: Database Search
In any database, you can add these search terms to your search:
- literature review* (the asterisk lets you search for "literature reviews" as well as "literature review", and also "reviewed the literature".)
- systematic review
- meta analysis
Combine the terms with "or" as shown in the image below:
Quick Routes to Literature Reviews: Journals
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