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Literature searching

A guide to finding articles, books and other materials on your subject, and managing the useful references you find.

Why should I think about keeping up-to-date?

New books and articles are being published all the time. Your literature review should be updated if your project is researched and written over a long period of time. You can do this by:

  • browsing tables of contents of new issues of journals in your subject – whether print versions or online
  • using alerting features on databases - such as re-running searches, email alerts or RSS feeds to be notified when additional articles on a subject or by a specific author are entered into the databases 
  • using alerting services/newsletters from publishers

Further information, tips and examples are on our Keeping up to Date page.