• Engineering: The Literature Review Process
  • Arizona State University
  • 9. Writing Tips
  • How to Use This Guide
  • 1. What is a Literature Review?
  • 2. Precision vs Retrieval
  • 3. Equip Your Tool Box
  • 4. What to look for
  • 5. Where to Look for it
  • 6. How to Look for it
  • 7. Keeping Current
  • 8. Reading Tips

Writing Tips

Further readings.

Your review should consists of 3 sections: 

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Get Lit: The Literature Review Candace Schaefer, Associate Director of the University Writing Center at Texas A&M Although the speaker is addressing a class consisting of graduate students from all subject areas, the advice applies to engineering.    You can skip the first part of this video but do view these sections: 

The readings and videos listed below also give advice on writing the review. 

Tutorials ​    

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Welcome to the Mechanical Engineering Research Guide

This guide is designed to help you find great research for your report, term paper or thesis. It's easy to find basic info using Google, but to find specific and high-quality technical information you need to use dedicated research tools and databases!

Need help? I am available to help by email, in an online consult appointment, or an in-person appointment (on campus 2-3 days a week) .  See my page on accessing research from home using university credentials .

Steps in researching your research paper, report or thesis

The process you follow when researching and writing a paper usually has at least the following steps:

Research assignment life cycle. Step 1 - choosing a topic; Step 2 - choosing where to search; Step 3 - Searching; Step 4 - Reviewing what you find; Step 5 - writing and citing. The steps form a circle with arrows connecting the steps in multiple paths

Writing a research assignment or report is an iterative process  - you don't just proceed linearly from one step to the next. It is normal to go back and refine your topic while you are researching, or to search some more while you are writing!

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Welcome to the WSU Engineering subject guide

Hello and welcome! In this guide, you will find different resources you can use to design an idea for a new invention, research an innovative process, learn about dynamic applications of technologies, or just infuse your Engineering coursework with high quality information.

Also on this guide you will find strategies for choosing a topic, searching for information, and assessing what you find, as well as where to go for writing help once you have conducted some research and are reporting on your efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact me through the box on the left.

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These events are probably going to be useful for engineering students:

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What is this guide about?

This guide helps you to find information resources related to your engineering project.  To learn how to search for information, see the Help Guides .

Use the menu above or the tabs along the top to navigate through this guide.

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Call numbers: How to read them

Books, journals, kits and DVDs in the USC Library are shelved by subject. Call numbers on books and journals appear most often on the spine or on the front cover if the spine is too narrow.

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What do the parts of the call number mean?

Here's a sample call number, with explanation of how this affects the way the item is shelved:

LB - describes general subject area; shelved alphabetically

2395 - narrows subject area; numerical order (whole number)

M44 - subject area OR author (alphabetical then decimal order)

2012 - year of publication, numerical order

Starting an Assessment

Before searching for information, make sure you understand the task ..

Before you begin searching for information, make sure you understand your topic and what you don't know .

Image of the assignment process. Write down what you know and need to know. Find dictionaries. Find textbooks. Find academic journal articles.

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What is Literature Review?

Literature review is a "systematic, explicit, and reproducible method for identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars, and practitioners."

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Why is it important?

Literature review ca be a short introduction to an article, an article by itself, or the first chapter of a thesis or dissertation.

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Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

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Revised and updated on 10/26/2021.

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Engineering -- Literature Reviews: Getting Started

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What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a study of existing published information on a specific topic. Literature reviews:

A good literature review will consist of a summary of key sources, and is analytical and synthesizes information. Usually a literature review is organized, not however a chronological description of discoveries in your field, and explains how your research will address gaps in existing literature on a particular topic.

Doing a literature review. (2010). In Thomas, D. R., & Hodges, I. D. Designing and managing your research project: Core skills for social and health research (pp. 105-130). London: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781446289044

Steps involved in taking a literature review

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Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2012). The literature review: Six steps to success (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press.

Steps to writing a review

Writing a literature review

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