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How to Conduct a Literature Review: Finding "The Literature"

This course guide is designed to help faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the process of conducting and writing a literature review for any discipline.

Finding Scholarly Material: Scout and the Databases

In order to find the scholarly materials you will use in your literature review, search using Scout, the library's discovery layer, or using the discipline-specific databases.  Scout is a great place to start any sort of research, as it searches a plethora of our databases at one time. However, because Scout cannot search all of our databases, you will also need to search discipline-specific databases in order to find other resources for your literature review.

Here are 4 ways to find scholarly material within the UA Libraries' resources:

Finding Source Material

Searching Outside Library Collections

Scout Search

Use Scout to search for books, journals, articles, and more.



Search E-Journals

Visit the electronic journals page to search by title or ISSN or browse by title, subject, or collection.

WorldCat Search and InterLibrary Loan

Use WorldCat to search for items from libraries around the world. You can use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request items not available in the UA Libraries.

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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