When considering literature to review, it's important to understand that different types of information sources may be critical for particular disciplines. Below are examples of different types of information sources to consider. Depending on your discipline, you may need to consider more than one type of source. Additionally, necessary information may be available in various formats (such as print, electronic, microfilm, and other media). Please contact your liaison librarian for additional guidance on information sources appropriate to your research.
Data sets are collections of data that are often collected during the course of scholarly research. Data can be spatial and/or numeric, raw or processed, and qualitative or quantitative.If you are collecting data for your thesis, having a a data management plan will help you keep track of your data in the future. See our Data Management Plan (DMP) Guide for more information.
The United States Government Printing Office has and continues to produce a great deal of information useful to researchers each day. Congress, the Supreme Court, the Office of the President and federal agencies can be rich sources of policy information, legislation and historical records. The Iowa State University Library is a congressionally designated federal depository library There is a guide to Government Information for the United States that includes federal and state information sources.
Not to be confused with a “peer reviewed journal,” review articles are a subset of scholarly articles that synthesize the current state of the research on a particular topic. Review Articles will tell you about::
If you are new to a research area review articles are a great way to quickly find key articles are for a given topic. They also tend to be full of references that you can use as a starting point for your literature review searching.
In many indexes and databases, you can limit your search to include only review articles. Some databases might use the term "literature review," but it's the same thing. After you've done a search in the Web of Science Core Collection, you can limit to a publication type called "Reviews."
If the index you are using doesn't allow you to limit to review articles, you can construct your search like this:
[topic] AND ("review article*" OR "literature review*") - make sure to use the quotation marks, that forces a search as a phrase
This section adapted from Literature to review - The Literature Review: For Dissertations, by University of Michigan Library. Available: https://guides.lib.umich.edu/dissertationlitreview.