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Literature Reviews Defined

A literature review:

  • Is a survey of the published, peer-reviewed research on a specific topic.
  • May include scholarly journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations.
  • Summarizes, evaluates, and analyzes this previously published research.
  • Identifies trends and opportunities for further research  within the topic.
  • Doesn't present any new research.

Recommended Databases for Peer-Reviewed Education Articles

Search Tips:

In the Professional Development Collection database, you can choose "literature review" on the search screen, under "Limit Your Results and Document Type".

In the other Education databases, use "literature review" as an additional search term, along with your topic.