STEM Library Topics: Literature Review Research

This guide is designed to introduce students to the resources and tools helpful for conducting a literature review.

Librarian Contact

I (Brian Young) am the School of Engineering Library Liaison, as well as the library collection strategist. If you need any assistance, please contact me through email at

I can assist with:

  • using any of the databases listed on this guide
  • the library acquiring books for your research
  • Creating tutorials for School of Pharmacy classes

Example Literature Search

What is a literature review?

A literature review is a writing genre designed to demonstrate the author's familiarity with the relevant research on their topic. Researchers should determine the purpose of their literature review in order to determine the depth of scholarship they will cover.

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Develop Search Strategy

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