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Literature Review

What is a literature review, what is its purpose, and how to do it.

Getting the information

"As a researcher there is nothing quite so frustrating as having identified a publication of interest only to discover that a major challenge now lies ahead: how to get your hands on a copy.” 

Kaser, 1995, p.vii 

Although an increasing number of databases now offer full text, a large number of sources only include the citation (that is, the author and title of the article, periodical title, volume, issue, and pages ). Some citations also include an abstract or short synopsis of the work. Until the documents themselves are as extensively accessible and readily available as the references to them, researchers will need to be aware of options for obtaining more than references.

In the event that the Library cannot provide you with access to specific titles/sources you have discovered, you have a few options:

  • Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery are available via the Library.
  • Searching local resource centers - Public and special libraries, government departments and community organizations will often provide access to materials.

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