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Certified Public Manager Program

Guide for participants in certificate programs at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration

About Literature Reviews

Serious academic papers require a literature review.  The lit review does two things:

1.Shows the reader that you know what scholarship came before you.  What do scholars study about your subject and how do they study it?

2. Prepares the reader for what you are going to say (argument, thesis) and possibly provides some background for the kind of research you are going to do. (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods). 

Your literature review might incorporate academic, peer-reviewed articles, government reports and websites, datasets, and news sources, among other forms of literature.  Begin with the scholarly, peer-reviewed items as much as possible to get an overview of the field. Then move into other sources of information with a better sense of direction.

Introductory Videos

These videos will help you get started with finding material for your literature review.

Literature Reviews for the CPM Capstone

Searching Google Scholar

Searching Business Source Elite

Bibliographies from Business Source Elite


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