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Urban Studies 921: Research Methods in Urban Affairs

Advanced library and research resources for urban studies topics.

Writing Your Literature Review

Guiding Questions

Before you begin this module, reflect on these three questions:

  • What is the purpose of my literature review?
  • How will this literature review help me accomplish my goals?
  • What are the steps in writing a literature review?

Databases use controlled vocabularies to describe articles. Controlled vocabularies prioritize certain ways of describing information, making it easier to organize and find that information. However, the subject terms used by databases may not be the first terms that come to mind when you brainstorm on your subject of inquiry. Use your search results to learn how a database describes your topic.