Education: Literature reviews

Tips and resources for literature reviews

Literature review

Conducting a literature review?

To find material on the topic and manage what you find you will need to:

  • determine your selection criteria
  • search a variety of different search tools
  • search using a variety of keywords and subject headings (descriptors) in various combinations
  • capture and organise your search results using a tool such as EndNote

Face-to-face workshops and assistance

Study Help

Study Help: Online resources

Guidance on conducting a literature review

Databases and thesauri - tutorials/information

ERIC (on Ebsco) Thesaurus. the following video was produced by The Gertrude Gilmer Odum Library from Valdosta State University in Valdosta.


Capturing your search strategy

All of the databases listed on this page have a Search History function.

This enables you to view all of the searches that you have perfomed in a search session (including any limits applied), edit and re-run searches, variously combine searches and save searches for future reference. You may need to select 'Search History' to reveal the table.

Details can be copied from the Search History to demonstrate the search strategy used for your review.

E.g. for ERIC

ERIC search history

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