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Political Studies: Literature Review

Defining the Literature Review

These videos from North Carolina State University give a good overview of the process for conducting a  literature review.

Types of Literature Reviews

Completing a Literature Review

Sites to Further Help You

Free Online Course (MOOC)

Research Writing: How to Do a Literature Review (from The University of Wollongong in Australia)

Topics covered:

  • Understanding the literature review as a genre, and its fundamental role in all serious investigations and research projects
  • Developing a useful list of search terms and understanding where to use them to find the most relevant literature available
  • Developing a professional bibliography and annotating it with critical evaluations of readings
  • Asking good questions to guide the reading and writing process
  • Planning a critical discussion in response to specific questions and based on evidence from the published literature

Sources to Assist With the Writing Process