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Getting Started with Literature Reviews

This interactive, self-paced tutorial is designed to help students begin the process of research for, and writing, literature reviews.

Full tutorial

This tutorial will take about 20 minutes to complete. By the end of the tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of a literature review- and more importantly, understand the purpose of your literature review
  • Develop effective search strategies
  • Save your sources and take notes on your reading
  • Synthesize your research in order to write your literature review
  • Use some helpful tips for avoiding “research overwhelm”

Please note that while this tutorial has graded quizzes for the learner to get feedback, there is no way for the scores to be recorded. Those who complete the tutorial can generate a certificate of completion, but the individual quiz answers will not be recorded. If you’d like to assign this tutorial to a class and have the scores recorded for a grade, please send an email with your request to