This guide provides an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis, or dissertation, and demonstrates some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using the U of I Library.
Where you searched (name of database, catalog, etc.)
When you searched
Search terms and combinations of terms that were successful
Search terms and combinations of terms that were not successful
Searches or leads you want to pursue next
Using citation management software can be very useful tools as you research and track your search process. Citation management softwarestores the citations of the articles that you send to it so you can easily keep track of and organize the resources you have found, what you have read, and any notes associated with your citations. It also makes creating your bibliography much easier.
Some popular citation managers are:
Please visit our Library Guides on EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley. Savvy Researcher workshops on these citation managers are scheduled regularly throughout the semester. Check the Savvy Researcher schedule for more details.
RSS Feeds and Search Alerts
You can make keeping up with new literature in your field easier by setting up alerts that will repeat your successful searches and send you information on new articles through RSS Feeds or email alerts. For example, you can set one up in Google Scholar for your advisor’s name so that when Google Scholar search finds a new article he/she has written or a new reference to his work you will be notified. For more information on how to set up these alerts and what they can do for you, check out our Current Awareness guide.