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Introduction to Literature Reviews

Researching a Literature Review.

Once the area and type have informed you about the discipline and subject of your literature review, you will research your  topic.

The following grid categorizes some available research tools; the examples are located below.

Aspect Resource

Major works

Related Works

New Information


For advanced research help, MU Libraries has tutorials and videos, as well as services like the Reference Desk and Research Consultation.


To find books, you have several options:


Use a database to find articles on your topic. After retrieving article citations, use Findit@MU to determine whether the article(s) is available fulltext online or in print. 

Request an Item (Interlibrary Loan) to obtain copies of articles not available through Find It@MU.