Literature Review
    A critical literature review within a specific field or interest of research is one of the most essential, but also complex activities in the process of research.  In order to proceed a more productive literature review, it is recommendable for reviewers to design a frame that consists of their research questions or purpose of the review.  Thus, the internalized frame of research questions needs to be kept through the whole process of selecting resources, reading and writing about previous research studies chosen.
    This site will provide useful information and Web links on methodology and tools for critical literature review in academic research.
1. Search for Resources
2. Critical Review of Literature
3. Bibliography

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1. Search for Resources

   1) Online catalog/ Article databases/ Internet search tools:

        A. UIUC Search Databases


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        B. General Search Databases


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    2) Search Tutorials:


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2. Critical Review of Literature

    1) Criteria for Quality Literature Review:


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    2) Evaluation of Web Resources:


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    3) Methodology:


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    4) Critical Thinking/ Collaboration/ Organization Tools:


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3. Bibliography:

    1) Citation styles:


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    2) Annotated bibliography:


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    3) Citation Tools:


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by Junghyun An
College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Last Updated: April 21, 2001