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Conducting a Literature Search: Home

This guide has been created in hopes of assisting students to conduct a literature search effectively and efficiently.

Welcome to the Literature Search Library Guide!

It is not about finding everything that relates to your research. It is about your ability to strategically search databases for scholarly / academic materials in an efficient and effective manner, which allows you to retrieve only the most relevant materials. Below is a list of materials and strategies, which you may wish to use when starting the search process. This is a starting point! Always remember that expert help is always available at the library. Click here for Librarian contact information.

Materials to Consult for Your Literature Search

Listed below are the names of multidisciplinary databases. Multidisciplinary databases are a great starting point, but with one catch...

They are general databases and as such they treat all disciplines, generally. To find more in-depth and subject-specific information, you will need to search the more specialized and discipline-specific databases.

Each of the titles listed below are hyperlinked to the resource title in the catalogue to provide you with easy access, as well as a brief description of the resource and its uses.

Finding Books


UNBC Library Catalogue

  • Search for Books by Keyword
  • Search for Books by Call Number

Libraries Worldwide (Not just at UNBC)

Looking at published theses and dissertations can be very helpful. Look over the work of your peers to see:

  • What a literature review looks like (How to construct it)
  • What is expected of you
  • What research your peers consulted

Subject Librarian

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Kealin McCabe
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