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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:
- Annual reviews
Top tools for finding literature reviews
Online encyclopedias in all fields of study. Great sources for overviews, key concepts, and further reading.
Literature reviews on emerging sub-topics in various fields.
Oxford Handbooks Online
Introductions to topics and critical surveys of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Index to dissertations and theses from all fields of study; full text for most.
Books in law, economics, and social and political sciences, including reference works and handbooks.