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* Public & Social Policy: Writing & the Literature Review

A guide to information sources for public & social policy research.

Research & Literature Review Books

Have trouble with the "how to" part of your research and writing. We have books for that in the library!

Interlibrary Loan

Remember: Never pay online to access an article! 

If SLU doesn't already subscribe to a journal, we will get a copy for you at no charge! You need to sign up for an ILLiad account before you can request items through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you have questions about ILL, contact our chat service, your librarian, or PIUS ILL directly.

Editing Help

After you have a draft of your paper make an appointment with Writing Services. They can assist in the editing process and help you develop your writing skills.

Writing a Literature Review

Still trying to wrap your head around the idea of a literature review? Check out these sources:

The Literature review is an important part of a dissertation. Looking at dissertations in your area of study can help by giving concrete, real world examples of a literature review. Use the SLU Libraries database Dissertations & Theses to find dissertations from all over the U.S. in every disicpline.


In addition to the sources below, check out SLU Librarian Georgia Baugh's guide Style Guides & Manuals, including resources for APA, MLA, Chicago & more.

Dissertations & Theses

Looking at dissertations in your area of study can help by giving concrete, real world examples of a literature review. Finding a dissertation on a topic similar or related to yours also means you suddenly have a long list of relevant journal articles citations to jump start your research.

What is Plagarism?

What is plagiarism? Below is the definition from the University policy document on academic honesty prepared by SLU's Committee on Academic Honesty.

"Plagiarism involves the intentional representation of someone else's thoughts or words as if they were one's own. Instances include the following:

  1. Quoting directly from someone else's work without using quotation marks and without giving proper credit to the author;
  2. Paraphrasing someone else's ideas, concepts, arguments, observations, or statements without giving proper credit;
  3. Submitting as one's own work a paper or other assignment that has been prepared, either wholly or in large part, by   another person, group, or commercial firm."

Sounds simple enough, right? Things can quickly get confusing, especially if you're not keeping track of your information sources. 

Managing Your Citations

Before you start your research choose a citation manager that works best for you! It will help you keep citations to all your articles, sources and data in one place making things much easier when it's time to write your papers. EndNote Desktop software is available for free through ITS, and the more streamlined EndNote Basic is available for free on the web.

Citation Tips Video

You Quote It, You Note It! (Acadia University Library) Ten minute tutorial on why, when, and how to cite.