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Literature review toolkit for policy studies: Lit review-type sources

Strategy: has someone already done the work for you?

As a first pass, look for existing literature reviews that cover one or more aspects of your research. Rather than doing all the initial cherry picking through literature searches, you benefit from someone else's work to cull important literature. Existing literature reviews can also give you clues about key methodologies and theoretical approaches for your topic. They also give you models for how you might organize your own literature review. Some of the top sources for finding literature reviews and similar overviews:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Annual reviews
  • Handbooks
  • Dissertations
  • Textbooks

Top tools for finding literature reviews

Additional tools