Stage 10: Conducting a comprehensive literature review
Now that your project is defined and your research and writing are underway, it’s time to further develop your review of the literature relevant to your topic.
A comprehensive literature review helps you build a case for your own research and helps you base your research on a strong scholarly foundation
Step 1: Review the materials that you used in your (See Stage 1) initial literature survey and the feedback you received from your committee.
Step 2: Identify gaps in your research based on step 1 review.
Step 3: Conduct in-depth literature review.
- Review bibliographies/reference lists from sources you have already collected
- Use citation indexes to track landmark articles and find related articles
- Go to citation indexes
- Scan the table of contents in current issues of key journals
- Locate additional dissertations
- Arrange access to special collections and archives
- Identify other relevant collections and archives:
- Find additional journal articles and books
- See Stage 4
Step 4: Formulate literature review.
- Consult with your advisor and subject liaisons librarian to determine when to stop researching
- Guide to literature reviews by Helen Mongan-Rallis, University of Minnesota, Duluth
- Tips on writing literature reviews - from the University of Toronto
- UofT's Review of Literature guidelines