A literature search is a considered and organised search to find key literature on a topic. To complete a thorough literature search you should:
- define what you are searching for
- decide where to search
- develop a search strategy
- refine your search strategy
- save your search for future use.
For background reading or an introduction to a subject, you can do a shorter and more basic Library search.
Use this guide to work your way through the all the stages of the literature searching process.
We provide a charged-for literature searching service for funded University of Leeds researchers.