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Co-op Work Term Report

Writing the Literature Review

How to search for background information

Writing a literature review for a technical report gives the readers background information or the perspective necessary to understand the report. Background information, which can be found in books or journal articles, can look at whether your problem or a similar problem has been investigated in the past.

Before starting the search for background information, it's important to start the research process with the steps described in the videos below.

Step 1 - Developing a research question for a literature review

 

Step 2 - Finding key concepts and synonyms

 

Step 3 - Creating a search strategy


Searching for articles

How to search for articles in databases

 
 
Relevant databases for a co-op report
 
 

Searching for books

Books can provide good background information, and in depth analysis of a topic.

 
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