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Literature Reviews

This guide provides detailed information about conducting a literature review.

Peer-reviewed Scholarly Journals

Instructors will recommend you use scholarly journals because they are peer-reviewed. Peer-reviewed means other experts in the field have reviewed the article before publication in the journal.

You can find scholarly/peer-reviewed journals by searching the library's databases such as CINAHL, Ovid, PubMed, and Scopus. If you are looking for a specific journal you can search for it in the red box on the library home page.

Scholarly Sources

Produced by experts or researchers in a specialized field or discipline.

  • Purpose is to present new or unpublished research.
  • Articles reviewed by experts for scholarly content or quality, or peer reviewed
  • Written using formal language and structure: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, possibly footnotes, endnotes and/or bibliography.
  • May include tables or graphs to support research.

General Purpose publications

Designed for a broad segment of the population

  • Articles written in informal tone and often unsigned
  • Usually read for entertainment or to keep up with current events
  • May have a bright cover with glossy pictures
  • Lots of advertising

Trade or Professional publications

Provides information of use to a particular industry.

  • Articles are not peer reviewed
  • May have a bright cover
  • No specific format
  • Articles sometimes unsigned
  • Advertising is used to appeal to those in the field

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