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Peoria Residencies: Psychiatry

Definition of a Literature Review

A literature review describes, summarizes and analyzes previously published literature in a field. What you want to do is demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of what the "conversation" about this topic is, identify gaps in the literature, present research pertinent to your ideas and how your research fits in with, changes, elaborates on, etc., the present conversation.

Recommended article about literature reviews:

Maggio LA, Sewell JL, Artino AR. The Literature Review: A Foundation for High-Quality Medical Education Research. J Grad Med Educ. 2016;8(3):297-303.


RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to save citations from your literature searches, organize citations into project folders, and create bibliographies using appropriate citation styles.


Database to Use

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