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Information Literacy: Literature Reviews

Select where to search

We covered this briefly in the first session. You might have become familiar with just one database at Adler. Now, as your research deepens, consider expanding your search to using multiple databases.

Beyond Peer Reviewed Journals

Depending on the scope and topic of your literature review, you might need to include information from resources beyond peer reviewed journals.

  • What organizations are working with/for your population? Do they provide resources (perhaps these resources are helpful to your literature review, or perhaps you might want to note what kind of resources are readily available to your population)?
  • What government resources are available? Are there laws protecting or enabling certain aspects of your topic?
  • Are schools or universities involved in researching, discussing, advocating for/against aspects of your topic?

Advanced Google

Advanced Google Search allows you to limit your searches to the site or domain. This means you can search only for .edu or .org or .gov sites.

Google "Advanced Google" to find the site or use the link above.

Type "autism" in the first search box. Half way down the page, type ".org" in the search box for site or domain.




Beware of your filter bubble when using Google

Filter Bubble

Evbestie‚Äč. (2017, March 7) Filter Bubble Graphic. Wikimedia Commons

Google tailors your search results based on your previous search history. It also makes assumptions based on your IP address. While this can make life easier, the danger is that you will only see one side to something.

Consider at least glancing at the 2nd and 3rd pages of your search results to see what Google might not think was as important to someone with your browser history & IP address, but might give you a more complete context to the research question.

Try using a Search Engine which does not provide results based on who you are: