1. Selecting your topic2. Setting the topic in context3. Looking at information sources4. Using information sources5. Getting the information6. Organising information (information management)7. Positioning the literature review8. Writing the literature review
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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.
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Types of information sources

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

Books

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
Standards

Refer to the Standards libguide.

Statistics

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

Bibliographies

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 sleves. Use Library Search to locate them, or browse the shelves. The Library also subscribes to an online database of reference works, Oxford Reference Online .

Newspapers

Refer to the Library’s Finding Newspaper Articles guide.

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