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POLI 339 EmpiricalAnalysis

Literature Review Tips

  • Keep, File, Protect!  (Kirby Greaves, & Reid, 2006)
  •  Use a citation management tool to keep citations  to all of the records you find including scholarly literature (books, journal articles) and grey literature (government reports, newspapers, etc)
  • Use a citation management tool to file/save full-text pdfs of scholarly articles and urls for websites and webpages and grey literature.
  • Use subject specific Library databases to locate scholarly refereed (peer-reviewed} articles and books and to track authors. 
  • Track authors in Library databases.  For example: the "Author Search" or "Cited Reference Search" in Web of Science; Summon's Advanced Search for "Written/Created by".  Check the Library catalogue using the "Author" search .
  • Use Summon to search almost everything the Library acquires, in all disciplines, both scholarly and non-scholarly. 
  • Use Google or other search engine ( to find grey literature that Summon and Library databases won't find.


Research Guides

Grey Literature

 Grey Literature is a field in library and Information science that deals with the production, distribution, and access to multiple document types produced on all levels of government, academics, business, and organization in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.  Source:  GreyNet International 

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