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.
Search Databases and Catalogs
The library catalog, and these databases are good places to start for most social science projects:
Follow the trail of footnotes and bibliographies in everything you read!
Old-fashioned footnote chasing is still one of the best research strategies, even in the digital age. Use library online tools to discover related resources, who's citing whom, and who's part of the academic story!