By searching databases of journal articles and conference proceedings, one can find literature reviews. These generally are articles having a long list of references.
These literature reviews are often published in scientific journals specialized in the publication of literature reviews, such as Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews or Progress in Materials Science. However, many scientific journals publishing original research articles also occasionally publish literature reviews.
With certain databases, it is possible to search specifically for literature reviews with the help of the search functions.
Theses and dissertations almost always include a section summarizing previous writings -- a literature review. By searching theses or dissertations about a similar subject to yours, you will be able to find literature reviews related to that subject and, most probably, useful references.
If you are a graduate student at Polytechnique Montréal, your advisor probably has already supervised other students. You can simply search for their theses and/or dissertations and have access to their references. These may be useful as well!
An encyclopedia article or a book chapter may also constitute a literature review. You can find handbooks, specialized encyclopedias, and recommended general works for the many fields of engineering in the Resources by Subject guides.
You may also search in Sofia Discovery tool by adding keywords such as review* or "state of the art" in Keywords (All); you will then search in tables of contents in addition to book titles. For a search demo in our Catalogue, view our tutorials.
Finally, you may consult the following specialized resources:
Off-Campus access to this database
Subject(s) : Science & Engineering - Biomedical Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Industrial Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Materials Engineering
Full-Text : Yes
Coverage Period : 1945-
Access Procedure : You will need to create a personal profile first time you use the “Off-Campus access to this database” link to directly access Knovel.
Ebooks platform covering several fields of engineering. Possibility to look for mechanical, chemical, physical, thermodynamic properties and produce tables and interactive graphics.
It is generally advised to search for literature reviews about one or two important aspects of your subject.
If you find a literature review addressing your exact subject/topic...
... talk to your advisor!
This literature review may question the innovative aspect of your project.