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What is a lit review?

Published on Feb 01, 2016

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What is a lit review?

What is a lit review?

  • key part of research process
  • establishes the context
  • helps you develop ideas
  • explain key articles & how they interact
  • telling the story
  • YOU!

What are you looking for?

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Original research

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Where do you find these?

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Key Databases

  • LLBA (Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts)
  • Communications & Mass Media Complete
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • PsycInfo
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Web of Science
LLBA is the KEY database for linguistics. So be sure to search here!

These others also touch on linguistics, depending on your topic.

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Also try

  • Dissertations & Theses Global
  • Annual Reviews
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about your topic
There may be other databases that relate to your topic. Go to the library home page and under DATABASES, click on the dropdown by SUBJECT to see a list of subjects -- click on any that might be related to your topic to see other recommended databases.
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Keep Track!

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Use a bibliographic citation manager like Zotero. Its free!
Other free software for this purpose includes:
EndNote Basic
You also purchase the full version of EndNote on campus for a discounted price.

The library offers workshops on setting up Zotero OR you can contact me for help.
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Quick Scan

  • Read abstract
  • Look at author and affiliation
  • Read Introduction & Conclusion
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Look at the bibliographies!

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