Scholarly review articles can be important starting points for research in the social sciences and humanities, because they attempt to convey the research output of a discipline or topic. They report the nature of the research, in terms of its empirical findings, theoretical development, methodology or historical development.
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|USING ARTICLE DATABASES TO FIND RESEARCH REVIEW ARTICLES|
Many article databases have features that can limit your search results to retrieve literature reviews. Below are some of the most popular databases in the social sciences.
NOTE: Even if your database doesn’t tag review articles specifically, you may find them on your own by adding ‘literature review’ or similar phrase as a keyword to your search topic in any database.
HINT: Many researchers will search more than one database. It is common to start in the broad databases (Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, Web of Science) and then move to a subject-specific database that’s relevant to your topic.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTICLE DATABASES
These three databases cover a variety of subjects in the social sciences, and cover high quality academic journal articles. Use them if you want to cover all top-tier academic literature in one search, or if your topic does not apply to only one discipline.
|DATABASE||WHAT TO DO|
|Academic Search Complete||SU “literature reviews”|
|JSTOR||Use keyword “literature review”|
|Web of Knowledge||Choose Refine Results; under Document Type, check ‘Review’|
|SUBJECT-SPECIFIC ARTICLE DATABASES|
|DATABASE||WHAT TO DO|
|America: History & Life||SU “literature reviews”|
|Applied Science & Business Retrospective/Applied Science Full Text||Setting the Document Type (bottom of search page) to “Bibliography” or “Review Article” may be useful, and/or try keyword “literature review”|
|Communication Abstracts||SU “literature reviews”|
|Education Full Text||Setting the Document Type (bottom of search page) to “Bibliography” or “Review Article” may be useful, and/or try keyword “literature review”|
|Education Index Retro||Setting the Document Type (bottom of search page) to “Bibliography” or “Review Article” may be useful, and/or try keyword “literature review”|
|ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)||DE=”literature reviews”|
|Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective|
|IIBP: International Index to Black Periodicals||Document Type = Literature review|
|International Index to the Performing Arts||Document Type = Literature review|
|Music & Performing Arts Online||Document Type = Literature review|
|PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)||DE=”peer review”|
|PAIS Archive||DE=”peer review”|
|Project Muse||Use keyword “literature review”|
|PsycINFO||Methodology: Literature Review
|Readers' Guide Retrospective|
|Sage full-text collections||Use keyword “literature review”|
|Sociological Abstracts||DE=”literature review”|
|Urban Studies Abstracts||SU “literature reviews”|
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