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Course & Subject Guides


Guide content is curated to assist Pitt student researchers in identifying optimal databases, specialists, and materials. Included are search strategies and details on obtaining fulltext for a variety of document types.

Conducting a Literature Review

A literature review, simply put, is a search of the published literature with the compiled results furnishing an overview of your topic. 

While a literature review can be exhaustive and can present a topic completely, it can also focus on a particular aspect, perhaps answering or dealing with a specific question.

The literature review frames the discussion of your topic within the context of available scholarly knowledge.

Use a Concept Map

Starting out? Try Credo.


Core Psychology Resources

These databases contain in-depth articles and information on this subject.