GEOG 3481Applied GIS Literature Review Review Traci Welch Moritz Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor Heterick Memorial Library
What we’ll do today• What is a literature review? –Tips and hints• What databases to access –Tips and hints
Literature Review• What is it? –Survey of sources, scholarly articles, government docs, books, dissertations, conference proceedings… –Overview of significant literature on a topic often limited to a specific time period
Literature Review• What is it not? –An academic research paper, which is most often constructed as an argument and the information you are seeking is to support said argument –Literature review is summery of arguments already made by others
Literature Review• Both must have – Focus (narrow your topic) – Thesis statement (not an argument for a position but will have a particular perspective announcing the topic you will be reviewing)
Literature Review• http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/ha ndouts/literature_review.html• http://www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/~tcw ritingcenter/Forms_of_Writing/LitReview. htm
Bibliographic Citation Software – REFWORKS See GIS Research Guide for additional information on how to sign-up and utilize this resource.