Conducting a Literature Review

Tutorial Contains

Students work through a collection of text, videos and other resources to become familiar with the elements of conducting a literature review, including finding and synthesizing resources.

Target Audience

Upper-division students needing to write a literature review.

Tutorial Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of a literature review and recognize there are different types of literature reviews
  • Locate appropriate databases through the library website in order to find peer-reviewed articles
  • Understand how to create an effective search strategy in order to retrieve relevant peer-reviewed articles
  • Integrate and synthesize sources
  • Use a citation manager to organize and easily incorporate citations into a paper


Quizzes are included at the end of each of the five sections, which are automatically pulled into your gradebook when you import the tutorial. Most can be scored automatically, except for the quiz within the Finding Resources for Your Lit Review (Library Resources Quiz). This quiz requires a short narrative from students and needs to be graded by the instructor or TA.

Canvas integration

  1. Click the Canvas Download button above and save the file onto your computer
  2. Within your Canvas course, click "Settings" in the left-hand menu
  3. On the right side of the resulting "Course Details" page, click the "Import Content into this Course" button"
  4. Within the "Content Type" drop-down, choose "Canvas Course Export Package"
  5. Click the Browse/Choose File button and browse to the downloaded file on your computer. Click "Open"
  6. Next to Content, choose the "Select Specific Content" button
  7. Click "Import." It will take a few minutes to upload
  8. When you see a blue "Select Content" button, click this button
  9. Check all the options EXCEPT Course Settings and Syllabus Body. Click the "Select Content" button
  10. When the import process is finished, you will see a green Completed button. At this point, you can go into your course modules and place the tutorial modules at the desired location(s) in your course