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College Composition and Reading: Research Help

Class guide for Community College of Denver's College Composition and Reading classes.

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Literature Review Definition

A literature review involves researching, reading, analyzing, evaluating, and summarizing scholarly literature (typically journals and articles) about a specific topic. The results of a literature review may be an entire report or article OR may be part of a article, thesis, dissertation, or grant proposal. A literature review helps the author learn about the history and nature of their topic, and identify research gaps and problems.

Writing a Literature Review

Getting Help

Need research assistance? Ask Us

Contact the library via email (library.eref@ucdenver.edu), IM/Chat (AskAuraria), text (720-438-4446), phone (303-315-7763), or in person (Auraria Library, 1100 Lawrence St., Denver).

If you would like to meet with a librarian one-on-one, research consultations are an opportunity to meet individually with a librarian to discuss the best resources (including article databases) and research strategies for class assignments, research projects, honors theses, dissertation topics, and general research needs.