To find books about doing/writing literature reviews, try a search in the library catalog. See also the resources in the page about "Writing Literature Reviews" in this guide.
Below are examples of library guides about doing literature reviews.
The boxes below this one address these steps for doing a literature review.
Before embarking on your literature review, you may want to create an Excel spreadsheet or Word to create a sort of "Literature Review Central".
Create a worksheet within the spreadsheet to keep a record of the search statements you used in searching bibliographic databases. This way you will avoid redoing the same searches. You can also create worksheets to record: tasks; background information sources; reading done to be done; items to obtain full-text; email alerts for new literature that you set up (see section of this guide about monitoring the literature).
Keeping a record of searches completed can be helpful so you don’t redo the search or if you want to rerun or tweak them later.
Sample of spreadsheet structure
Before you start your literature search, find background information sources such as: encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, books and ebooks, open web resources (used judiciously), scholarly review articles, and even popular articles in magazines, newspapers, and society member publications.
This creates a mental map for focused searching using bibliographic databases. These sources can you understand technical jargon.
Lehigh's library guides to help identify relevant bibliographic databases on the library database list. These databases enable you to find journal articles, books, dissertations, technical reports, preprints, and other literature relating to your topic.
Consider using a citation management software. Lehigh supports RefWorks. Other softwares of this type are available, for example Zotero.
What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a research management tool designed to help users store, organize, annotate, and share information sources by centrally managing all the resources you interact with over the course of a research project. Working on a dissertation, thesis, or long-term study? RefWorks can help you streamline your research process by creating a personal library of your resources, storing the full text of articles, and generating citations and bibliographies [from the first guide below].
Tips relating to use of RefWorks in Literature Reviews
Library guides about RefWorks
As a matter of time management, first read those sections of a scholarly paper sufficient to tell you whether a deeper reading of the article is worth your time. If so, put the paper into a citation management software. If not, move on.
Resources about how to read journal papers follow.
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