Literature Reviews

A brief guide for various disciplines, including social work, other social sciences, human environmental sciences, and related disciplines

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

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I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Teams or Zoom or Facetime (by appointment).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides for your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

Specific types of materials

Authored or Edited?

  • Simply put, an authored work such as a book is mostly or entirely researched and written BY the named author or authors.
  • An edited work is more often a collection of chapters or essays by several authors, collected and edited by the volume editor, who will usually be found in a catalog or database as though he or she were an author-- that is, with an author search, last name first. The other authors may or may not be listed, depending on their level of contribution.
  • Editors of a volume may or may not also contribute content TO the volume.

Finding books on "how to"

If you do a subject search in the catalog with research methodology as a phrase you find a lot of titles that talk about this process.

A call number with a book means that it is on the shelves. If you click on the title, you'll see the record and be able to tell if the book is available. Some books have both print and online copies. Some are only online.

Search Our Catalog for Books and More

Search the UA catalog for books, dissertations, dvds, videos, journals by title, and more.