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Literature Reviews and Referencing

Whether you are being asked to review the literature for an assignment, thesis or for a standalone "systematic review", you need to know where to find authoritative resources, what the process involves and where to get support.  A good starting point is your course handbook which outlines reference style and review criteria. Education students are generally not required to do systematic reviews but to be systematic or structured in their approach to conducting the review. Look at the Useful Links tab to read more about the different types of reviews. 

General Library supports include training throughout the year, online and print resources on literature reviews and one to one or small group sessions with subject librarians. Please contact me for help using my email opposite.  You should also take a look at the Student Learning and Development website for complementary resources in this area (e.g. time management, academic writing etc.)

We have just published two new library guides on Literature Reviews and Systematic Literature Reviews.

Quick link to ebooks on doing literature reviews (requires College ID to access off-campus).

See Reference Management for information on how to reference using APA style.

  • The main referencing style used in Education is the American Psychological Association style or APA for short.  This is a Harvard style system using author/date formatting.  It is often called a parenthetical style with citations placed with parentheses or brackets.  See our tutorial on referencing and plagiarism for more information.

If you decide to reference manually,   the main Publication manual of the APA is available in the Library.  There are print copies of the 6th and the most recent 7th editions in the Library.  There are particular websites which are useful for APA support:

APA tutorials and videos

Academic Writer Tutorial - basics of 7th edition APA style

University of South Caroline Aiken APA library support pages (7th ed)

Excelsior College APA support pages

We have access to the ebook version of the APA 7th publication manual for the academic year 2020/1 so please make full use of it. 

Remember that in most databases you can use the cite feature within a record to copy the citation into your reference list.  However, you will still need to manually create the intext citation within your document. See a quick clip here on how this works (EBSCO) (min 1:12 -1:52)

You may decide to use a reference manager software to automatically reference your material. Examples include Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks and Endnote. The Library supports Endnote.  Please see our Endnote pages for download instructions and support information.

The Library tutorial on Endnote is available to view here

Additional links to proprietary guides from Endnote.com (Clarivate Analytics)

See these links to troubleshoot problems you may encounter using APA style in Endnote (courtesy of AUT university librarians).

Curtin Library Endnote pages are also very comprehensive.

Take a look at our Endnote pages to understand how the program works within the context of the literature review process.

Recent Library recorded webinars on Endnote are available to view here (versions X9 and 20).

Additional links to proprietary guides from Endnote.com (Clarivate Analytics)

See these links to troubleshoot problems you may encounter using APA style in Endnote (courtesy of AUT university librarians).

Curtin Library Endnote pages are also very comprehensive.

 

Take a look at this overview of the software from University of Victoria, Canada.  Includes links to the Covidence Youtube channel and much more.

Trinity has an institutional licence for Covidence.  Access it from our databases page, sign up and get started. You can export search results from databases to Endnote and from there forward them as xml files to Covidence .  You can invite other reviewers to collaborate with you (including from other institutions) or work on your own. Take a look at the resource pages from the University of Victoria, Canada for an overview of the product.

Subject Librarian

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Geraldine Fitzgerald
Contact:
Mornings: 2nd Floor, Ussher Library
(01) 8963322
geraldine.fitzgerald@tcd.ie
Subjects: Education, Psychology