- "Search the literature."
- "Review the literature."
- "What does the literature say?"
If you have ever heard any of these phrases from your faculty or PI, then its time to get out your laptop and mark off the next week your calendar as "busy." A proper literature review can be time consuming - especially if you are trying to conduct a thorough analysis of all published research on a topic.
Part of being an efficient, effective, and ethical researcher is to properly document the sources that you have gathered during your literature review. This guide will walk through the basics, but if you have further questions, please talk to your faculty, including the library faculty. We'll be happy to help you find, organize, and document your research appropriately.
What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to "review" the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process.