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Literature Searching

A literature search is a well thought out, organised search and evaluation of literature available on a topic. A well-structured literature search is the most effective and efficient way to locate sound evidence on the subject you are researching.  'Literature' can include journal articles, newspaper articles, official publications, conference proceedings, archives, book chapters etc.

This guide takes you through the steps involved in performing a literature search for a research project such as your dissertation and covers various forms of research such as systematic reviews, critical synthesis or empirical research.


Students and researchers from the School of Health Sciences should use the Doing postgraduate research guide as literature searching for health research can be complex.