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Before you start to search, you will probably want to have a general idea about what your topic will be. It should be something with two sides or multiple perspectives. Something that you feel strongly about is a good staring point.
Some questions to ask yourself:
Broswing magazines and journals for topics is a good starting point. Look at the tables of contents to see what topics are being addressed.
Still stuck? See some of the tools below to help you choose a topic.
A literature review is a survey of scholarly resources relevant to a particular subject or area of research. The purpose of a literature review is different from other research papers: it is to give you an overview of what has been published on a topic, and a basis upon which to build your own scholarly approaches to that topic. It is not meant to be a presentation of new research or scholarship. It should instead provide background for the problem or put it into perspective.
Start by searching appropriate databases. This can also include Google Scholar (regular Google is too broad). By using databases focused on your discipline it will save you time and make sure you get the majority of the information that's been published. Please refer to the resources in this guide to identify some databases that may be appropriate for you to search. If you are unsure about a database, please ask a librarian or your instructor for help.
Be sure to keep complete bibliographic information as you collect your material. This will save you considerable time when you write your reference pages/bibliography.
Once you have gathered the information, you will then need to evaluate it and determine which articles makes a significant contribution to the understanding of your topic.
When searching in catalogs and databases:
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