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 relevant and efficient literature search for your dissertation/research paper.
School of Health Science researchers should refer to the Doing Postgraduate Research guide which covers specialist resources and techniques for health research.