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Literature Reviews

This guide is intended for students who are seeking help on writing a literature review.

Step 2: Plan Your Approach

After you have determined your research question, it is important to discern what method you will use to research, and which specific terms you will use to conduct your search. Determine what kind of literature you want to look at, whether it be journal articles, books, electronic resources, newspapers, or even other literature reviews on similar topics.

You will also need to determine what databases you want to use based on your topic. Toronto Metropolitan University has over 300 databases available to students, visit the A-Z List.

However, it would be beneficial to narrow down your search in your topic according to the relevant discipline. For example, if you were writing a literature review for a class in social work, you would benefit from using the the Social Work databases.

Guide to Finding Articles

Make a list of databases, resources, or source types you want to search. Are you only interested in scholarly peer reviewed journal articles or would newspapers also help your search?

Guide to Finding Newspapers

Guide to Finding Books


Books & EBooks

Internet Resources