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Communication Subject Guide — Literature Reviews

Guide to finding communication resources.

Writing a Literature Review- Online Resources

What is a Literature Review? : "A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers." - Taylor, D. (n.d). "The literature review: A few tips on conducting it" (University of Toronto, see link below)

From time to time, you will be asked to write a literature review. Either as part of your research paper or as a standalone paper. Below are several sites that explain how to write literature reviews:

Why Use Refworks?

RefWorks is a citation management tool. It is excellent to use when writing papers or manuscripts because it:

  • collects citations from databases into one place
  • deletes duplicate references 
  • saves citations over times
  • allows note taking and PDF attachment of articles
  • creates bibliographies
  • creates in-text citations
  • includes hundreds of citations styles

Where to find Literature Reviews' Articles

The best way to learn how to write a literature review is to read one to see how is written. Below are two journals that specialize in published stand-alone literature reviews in the field of communication. These stand alone articles are excellent way to learn what has been written in any given topic at any given time. It is a good place to find sources that you can use in your own research.