Begin your literature review as soon as possible. Ideally, you already started doing some research while refining and adjusting your topic idea.
What is a literature review?
A literature review provides an overview of the scholarly literature (e.g. books, articles, dissertations, proceedings) relevant to an area of research or theory. The review typically will include a summary of the major questions in a area and critical evaluations of work that has already been done. Literature reviews are also helpful for their comprehensive bibliographies. This webpage by the UC Santa Cruz Library does a good job of explaining lit reviews.
Literature reviews typically include these components:
The following two resources are great places to start when compiling a comprehensive bibliography.
Also consult reference works, encyclopedias, and handbooks to identify relevant terminology.
Create a Search Strategy
Search Databases and Catalogs
The library catalog, discoverE, and these databases are good places to start for most social science projects:
For more options, such as area studies databases and other specialized resources or indexes, look for a Research Guide relevant to your subject (e.g. Anthropology Research Guide) or search/browse Databases @ Emory.
Contact a Subject Librarian.
How do you know if Emory Libraries provides access to the item you need?
1. Determine the type of item (e.g. a book, book chapter, journal article). There are clues in the citation that will help you verify the type of item.
The style of a citation (i.e., italics, bold, parentheses) are not always an indication of the information you’re looking at. For example, just because something is italicized does not automatically mean you are looking at a journal title.
Oliver, Mary Beth and Stephen Green. “Development of gender differences in children's responses to animated entertainment.”
Sex Roles 45, no.1-2 (Jul 2001): 67-88.
Turow, Joseph. “Family Boundaries, Commercialism, and the Internet: A Framework for Research.” Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development. Eds. Sandra L. Calvert and Amy B. Jordan. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2002. 215-230.
O'Barr, William M. Culture and the Ad: Exploring Otherness in the World of Advertising. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994.
2. Now that you know what kind of material you are looking for, you have an idea of where to look.
3. Can you think of a shorter way of doing this?