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WSDB 292: Library Guide

Our DISCOVERY SEARCH is great, but can be overwhelming!

Also try these databases to find academic articles in peer-reviewed  journals:

Any or all of these 6 EBSCO  databases above can be searched TOGETHER
*just select Choose Databases

 You may also like:

If you have found an interesting citation that is not very recent, use the "Cited by" link available  in many databases (especially in Google Scholar) to find similar and more recent articles**


  • For Quick Tips on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page SEARCH STRATEGIES CHEAT SHEET.
  • You can click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals/Academic Articles checkbox in most of the databases above to ensure that the citations you choose are acceptable peer-reviewed articles. See also Evaluating Sources.
  • Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also ACCESSING the texts.

How-to Guide & Examples

For general guidelines on how to write a literature review, including an example of one published in a sociology journal. 

Most articles in scholarly journals include a literature review as part of their text, either labeled as such or integrated within the text. For example:

Some articles articles are entirely devoted to providing a review of the literature. For example:


Lit Review Journals

A small set of specialized scholarly journals contain ONLY articles which have as their main task to review or survey the literature related to a research topic. While none of these are specfically feminist journals you can still take a look at these:

  • Compass Journals. Though there is no Feminist Compass, Compass titles that could be relevant include:
  • Annual Reviews 
    (There is no Feminist Annual Reviewbut Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology Annual Reviews might be useful)

    *WARNING: Depending on your topic, you may not find any relevant articles from survey or review journals. You will in any case need to search the databases below to identify more of your required scholarly/academic sources.



Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your research paper, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as appropriate academic sources. See Help EVALUATING sources for some general guidelines.

The following tools may help:


ZOTERO is a free and popular citation tool
(and our new alternative to RefWorkswhich will be phased out by April 2020)
To begin:

  1. DOWNLOAD the appropriate Zotero program for your computer and Connector for your browser
  2. Register for a free account
  3. Learn more via our Zotero help page or workshops


A wide variety of potential primary sources are available online as well as at Concordia Library and other local research centres. To get an idea of what kind of material might be useful to you, take a look at our  Library Research Tutorial section:



Archival and primary sources can be found in many different places and in many different libraries depending on the context. For instance:

If you are not certain that you are looking in the right places, use one of our our ASK A LIBRARIAN services or contact me.


Encyclopedias can sometimes help you explore or define the broader issues and themes related to your research paper topic, and get ideas or references for your searches below.

Though encyclopedia articles often include bibliographies listing important books and articles, the encyclopedia articles themselves should NOT be considered as one of the required scholarly sources for your term paper.

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