A literature review is a critical evaluation of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers.
In other words literature reviews are secondary sources, and as such, do not report any new or original experimental work. Thus, a literature review is not descriptive but analytical in nature
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Identify and type keywords for your topic in the search block (see the example below)
Your results will include books, e-books, journal articles, and other material. Explore the results, refine your search, select the relevant items and view, request or download.
Identify keywords for your topic to create a search strategy to use when searching a database. You might find the How to search LibGuide helpful in compiling your own search strategies.
Databases are available @: http://www.unisa.ac.za/library > Find e-resources > click on Resources by subject
Choose the subject relevant to your topic.
Many databases will have a list of terms, usually listed as a thesaurus that you can browse for alternative keywords.
We have also compiled the following guides which will be useful when searching for relevant resources.
Click on the links below for more information:
How to request a literature search :
Helping clients who are blind:
The Request a Literature Search form in myUnisa is accessible to screen readers such as JAWS and NVDA. However, if you still experience difficulty in accessing the form please contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
No single library has the capacity to own or subscribe to all the print and electronic publications or databases available.
The Interlibrary Loan service is available free of charge to staff and registered M and D students of Unisa.
If you request an item that is not available in the Collection of the Unisa Library, your request will be referred automatically to the Interlibrary Loans staff to find out if it is available at another local or international library, or to purchase the item for the Collection.
More information on how to request material not available in the Unisa Library.
Reference management tools help you organise and store your citations. They assist you to keep track of your sources including those that have been exported from other databases. They also allow you to generate your bibliography for your assignment or research project.
Copyright & plagiarism
The Copyright Law of South Africa (Copyright Act 98 of 1978) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. One of the conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction may be used only for the purpose of private study, scholarship or research.
Please familiarise yourself with the Policy for Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism.