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Writing a Literature Review in Social Sciences

Checklist for Managing References



  • Use a citation management tool to organize the materials

  • No citation management tools are perfect. It is still your responsibility to check your citations  with the required publishing style to ensure that the citations are formatted properly for your paper

Citation Management Tools

For information on citation management tools including the comparison chart, see our Citation Guide.

Checklist for Taking Notes

  • Identify the main points of a text that support your working thesis 
  • Organize your thoughts
  • Organize the evidence to support the working thesis
    • create a table to map how different sources relate to one another  or
    • create a literature reivew summary table 


Apps for Note-taking

Some citation management tools have a note-taking feature. You may also want to use one of the apps for note-taking. 

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