What is a review of the literature?

Do you have an assignment where you are needing to complete a literature review on a topic and are not sure what a literature review is or how to find them?

A literature review is an examination of the significant works (books, scholarly articles, dissertations, and other works) published on a particular issue, area of research, or theory which provides a critical evaluation of each significant work.

To find out more about literature reviews and the specific search techniques to use within a particular database see the library guide entitled Literature Reviews.


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On February 2, Informania explored ScholarWorks, UA’s institutional research repository.

ScholarWorks is a searchable database of research conducted by faculty, students, and staff at the University of Alaska.  Erik Carlson, the Consortium Library’s Metadata Librarian is responsible for overseeing the development and management of ScholarWorks at UAA.  On February 2, 2015, Erik shared insight into institutional repositories, and the evolving contents of UA’s ScholarWorks database.  Search ScholarWorks to discover what has been added.

Erik also introduced me to a database that searches open source research from a multitude of institutions.  The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) includes more than 70 million documents, including research from UAA.  Check it out at  http://www.base-search.net/!

Our very own Anna Bjartmarsdottir was featured in the Green and Gold News today!

Our very own Anna Bjartmarsdottir was featured in the Green and Gold News today!

Happy Þorrablót! - Green & Gold News
The Nordik Language Klub headed to the home of UAA librarian Anna Bjartmarsdottir—an Iceland native—for the midwinter festival of Þorrablót. Need a little pick-me-up in the thick of winter? Try this recipe for the delicious treat Íslenskar pönnukökur.
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Harper Lee plans to publish sequel to her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Harper Lee plans to publish sequel to her classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." Harper Lee Plans To Publish A New Novel Featuring 'Mockingbird' Hero www.npr.org More than 50 years after the release of her classic — and only — novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee plans to publish a second. The newly unearthed book, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July.

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Compendex is the most comprehensive database of scientific and technical engineering research available, covering all aspects of engineering disciplines. It includes millions of citations and abstracts from thousands of engineering journals and conference proceedings from 80 countries, and covers well over 120 years of core engineering literature.

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