Reviews of Current Research

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.

There are two ways to find review articles, through Review Sources and Article Databases.

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REVIEW SOURCES
Annual Reviews UCSD Only
Elsevier Handbooks of Economics UCSD Only

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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 UCSD Only SU “literature reviews”
JSTOR UCSD Only Use keyword “literature review”
Web of Knowledge UCSD Only Choose Refine Results; under Document Type, check ‘Review’

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC ARTICLE DATABASES
DATABASE WHAT TO DO
America: History & Life UCSD Only SU “literature reviews”
Applied Science & Business Retrospective/Applied Science Full Text UCSD Only Setting the Document Type (bottom of search page) to “Bibliography” or “Review Article” may be useful, and/or try keyword “literature review”
Communication Abstracts UCSD Only SU “literature reviews”
Education Full Text UCSD Only 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 UCSD Only 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) UCSD Only DE=”literature reviews”
GeoRef UCSD Only DE=”critical review”
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective UCSD Only Setting the Document Type (bottom of search page) to “Bibliography” or “Review Article” may be useful, and/or try keyword “literature review”
IIBP: International Index to Black Periodicals UCSD Only Document Type = Literature review
International Index to the Performing Arts UCSD Only Document Type = Literature review
Music & Performing Arts Online UCSD Only Document Type = Literature review
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) UCSD Only DE=”peer review”
PAIS Archive UCSD Only DE=”peer review”
Project Muse UCSD Only Use keyword “literature review”
PsycINFO UCSD Only Methodology: Literature Review
Readers' Guide Retrospective UCSD Only Setting the Document Type (bottom of search page) to “Bibliography” or “Review Article” may be useful, and/or try keyword “literature review”
Sage full-text collections UCSD Only Use keyword “literature review”
Sociological Abstracts UCSD Only DE=”literature review”
Urban Studies Abstracts UCSD Only SU “literature reviews”


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