The process of looking for literature reviews is similar to looking for research on your topic.
Examine the tips and template below:
|Some ProQuest databases list "Literature Review" under document type.||PubMed allows you to narrow to "reviews" from the left-hand menu.|
You will still need to read and review papers you find to determine if they are literature reviews. If the research reports to original research results, it's not a standalone review article. Most reviews will explicitly state that they are reviewing literature in the abstract or first paragraphs. Review articles also typically cite dozens of other papers in their quest to be comprehensive, so their bibliography sections are longer than normal.
The benefits of consulting literature reviews are many:
Source: Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science research imagination. London: Sage, p 27.
Literature Reviews also have the potential to lead you to break-through works or seminal research.
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