March 17th, 2008

Literature Reviews

Do you ever feel like if you were a librarian, searching for resources for your literature review for your dissertation would “a piece of cake”. Well think again, in addition to being a librarian I am also working on the first draft of my proposal for my dissertation. I am in the midst of my literature review, defining my research question and choosing my methodology, so I feel the “pain” many of you are experiencing.

Despite being a librarian my first search for articles and books for the literature review did not turn up the perfect set of resources. I started writing and thinking about my research question and found I needed to get more articles on other aspects of my question (drat!). Doing a comprehensive search for all the literature related to my question, is such a circular, back and forth process.

So now that you know that even librarians are challenged by doing a comprehensive literature search, I hope you will feel you can call on the Capella Library for assistance if you are stuck in some aspect of your search, or just if you want some ideas to get started. . We can provide keyword and database suggestions and are the experts on the resources here at Capella and also appropriate resources through the Web. I am personally glad that I just have to help you find the resources and do not have to write them up!



Check out following resources to help with your Literature Review: School Specific Research Guides and Resources for Doctoral Learners



Never called the Capella Library before? Listen to a sample call from the Library Research Handbook, click “Calling a Capella Librarian.”


Comment from Sue
Time March 17, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I have been hearing “I have had no trouble with the databases and found everything I need” and I get really suspicious. I know seasoned researchers who tear thier hair out at times! I personally consider Ebsco anything to be the devil in disguise.

Everyone has problems at times. Good luck with your dissertation. And thanks for sharing your fusteration. It makes us non-librarians feel a little less alone. 🙂

Comment from aaron ramos
Time August 12, 2010 at 12:52 am

want to know the literature review of library shelf.

Comment from Adrienne Goldsboro
Time February 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Could you please share some keyword and database suggestions. I am completing a literature review on being disabled in the workplace and ethics. I have found a few articles but they appear to be repetitive. Thanks

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