Writing a Literature Review

Search Tips

  • Write out a few keywords on your topics and enter them into the search box.
  • Don't write out a sentence - you will get zero results.
  • Your results will come up ranked by relevance, which you can re-sort by title, author, or date of publication
  • When you find a title that is particularly useful for your research, click on any of the links for subject(s) to see if our library has more material on that topic
  • Start with broad searches. It's much easier to discard too much rather than start with too little.
  • Give yourself time!
  • If you need help, let me know

Finding Books & EBooks

  • Use the Library Catalog to find books and e-books that are available at the MCLA library and from our partner libraries in HELM. For information on downloading ebooks, see our guide.
  • Use the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) to find books that are available statewide in Massachusetts.
  • Use WorldCat to search for books and ebooks held by libraries worldwide. Use the 'Request on Interlibrary Loan" button to request the item from another library.  


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Go directly to the Commonwealth Catalog page to search for an item. You will need your library login (the same one  you use to request books in the MCLA HELM catalog) to request an item. Contact us if you need help logging in.



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