Literature Review Tutorial

These pages have been developed by staff at CQUniversity to help postgraduate students conceptualize, research and write a literature review. The pages are intended as a guide and it is the responsibility of the supervisor to give advice.

Types of information sources

You will need to consult a wide range of information sources. Informal sources include contact with peers, colleagues, other researchers, library staff, and your supervisor. Just as important as the network of informal contacts are the formal sources, including:


Use Library Search to find which books are held in the Library

Journals – scholarly/popular

Use Library Search to find journal articles held in the Library

To search for journal articles on a specific topic use a Library database

Research papers

These can be found in many areas including the Library Search, databases and on the university and government web sites

Theses/ Dissertations

Refer to the Finding Theses page for more information

Conference proceedings

These can be found by searching the Library Search, databases as well as the professional association website

Web sites (URLs)

Search subject directories and use meta-search engines as part of your internet search processes.

Government documents

The best starting point for government documents are government websites. For further information have a look at our Finding Government Information guide

Legislation Refer to the Law LibGuide

Refer to the Standards LibGuide


Refer to the Statistics LibGuide for a list of the types and sources of statistics


Bibliographies and references found in information sources often prove useful when looking for further information.

Encyclopaedias/ Dictionaries

Print encyclopaedias and dictionaries are kept on the library shelves. Use Library Search to locate them, or browse the shelves. The Library also subscribes to an online database of reference works, Oxford Reference Online


Refer to the Library’s Finding Newspaper Articles guide