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Conducting a Literature Review for the Social Sciences

Document Your Progress

  • Because research is an iterative process, you will most likely return to searching for information several times during a project. You'll save time in the long run by keeping a research log that tracks what's worked and what hasn't.
  • Note the successful search terms for particular databases.
  • Pay close attention to author-supplied keywords for articles on your topic.
  • Return to databases or other resources to try searching with newly discovered terms.

Simple Ways to Organize your references

Create free accounts with the database vendors to save references in one place.

Create a free EBSCOhost account (many social sciences databases are available via EBSCOhost platform e.g. PsycINFO, Academic Research Premier, etc)

  • Click on the "Sign In" link at the top of the EBSCOhost database page.  This will save references added to the folder.
  • Please remember that after login to your EBSCOhost account, references added to the folder will be saved only.

Create a free ProQuest account (some social sciences databases are available via ProQuest platform e.g. Sociological Absracts, etc)

  • Click on the "My Research" link at the top fo the ProQuest database page. 

Citation Management Tools

Import and store your the citation information for books and articles (and more) as you research. Then, create on-demand reference lists for papers and projects.