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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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