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Literature Review: The What, Why and How-to Guide: Overview

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Poster: Keep Calm and Write Literature ReviewsWelcome! The purpose of this guide is to help you understand what are "literature reviews" and the process of writing them in the social sciences and humanities. This guide will give you tips and/or point you to other sites with an in-depth explanation of how to write literature reviews.

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When in doubt, always contact a librarian!! If you still need help with your lit review, schedule a subject-specific consultation by contacting your Subject Librarian to identify keywords and concepts to expand your research or check out our subject-specific guides with tips and recommendations in your research area.

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