A literature review is where you go out
and look at all the literature available on your particular topic so you see
what’s available, how recent that is, is there much available at all, or is there
only a particular aspect of that information available for you — so it’s to
give you an idea of what’s available and to summarise and synthesise that
information. With the literature review, your librarian can help you in quite a
few different ways, so not only with helping you how to find
information but how to structure a search to get the best information out.
Also we can help you with things like how to evaluate and critique the various
types of literature that you’re coming across, give you some guidance around the
types of literature that might be best for the subject that you’re doing. We can
also help you with things like how you can organise the references you do
find and how you can store and backup so you’re able to access that information.
Quite often with a literature review, you do it sort of at one point within your
research project, so how you can keep up to date with that literature throughout
the time when you may need to update that literature review into the future
— so we can help around things like that too. Besides coming to see your liaison librarian, there’s a lot of help available online and training sessions that you
can come along to. So the Library has what they call how-to guides — so how to
do something — so there’s a guide on how to do a literature review, so it can give
you some tips around what it is, how you can go about it, some resources to help
you with that. While your liaison librarian can
help you with the finding of the information for your literature review,
they’re not the best place to go for the actual writing of that literature review.
So the Graduate School has assistance for how you can actually write a
literature review, as does Student Services. So when it comes to the writing, contact the Graduate School or Student Services and they can assist with that.