|This web site is the "Literature Search Home
It is dedicated to informing,
providing examples, and expanding the awareness of literature searching. Although it
makes special reference to the college undergraduate curriculum, graduate students and
other researchers will benefit. This web site is an instructional tool for anyone
teaching or engaging in literature searching.
If you are new to this site, we ABSOLUTELY recommend you start here by
Article about Literature Searching.
includes an annotated example of a literature search entitled:
Results of a Search of the Scholarly Literature about the Teaching of Literature
Searching, with Emphasis on English-speaking Undergraduate Education."
Additional Materials and Examples:
Along with the article and
annotated example, this web site provides numerous examples of literature searches done by
my students in my course on the Geography of Latin America. I have also given you
copies of the various pages of support materials (such as a cover sheet and a grading
rubric) to facilitate the inclusion of a literature search assignment into college
courses. None of the materials should be viewed as "gospel;" numerous
different styles are evident in the examples.
All of these are very good examples.
Please read at least 3 of them (with topics of your interest) to see a variety of
acceptable styles. The annotated ones could be particularly useful.
Annotated literature searches:
Firewood as an Energy Source
Squatter Settlements-1977 See the updated
literature search in the section below.
Caves in Mexico
Non-annotated literature searches:
Two special ones that are presented as BOTH
literature searches and as "term papers"
Religion and Human Rights
Hydroelectric Power in South America
Education in Rural Areas
Paraguayan Indigenous Population
Commercial Vegetable Production
Sample topics: This list shows the variety of
topics used by students in Dr. Anderson's Latin America Geography class.
Instructional Materials about Literature Searching
What NOT to do:
These topics are OK, but the literature searches had some problems that you should
Literacy of Indigenous Children
Agrarian Reform in Brazil
Materials to assist the students
Worksheets: Pages for class
Library Guide: Example for Latin America.
[ Links to library guides for other fields can be listed here. ]
Link to Paul S. Anderson's Home Page
(Many nice geography things, especially maps, are at this site)
Link to Latin American
Geography Class Home Page
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