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How do I find a good example of a literature review?

A literature review is a summary of the published work in a field of study. It can be a part of a larger paper or can be the focus of an entire paper.

To locate literature reviews that are part of a larger paper, use a database like Academic Search Ultimate or Google Scholar to search for scholarly articles related to your topic.

Once you have identified some useful articles, skim one and look for the literature review section. Although it may not be identified specifically as a “literature review," you will recognize it because it discusses literature related to the topic.


To find comprehensive, article-length literature reviews, use a database like Academic Search Ultimate. Use keywords to narrow your search and include the word ‘review’ to ensure literature reviews are included in the results.

For example, gardening AND mental health AND review.

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Visit our guide: Conduct a literature review.

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