A literature review is a summary of the content of sources on a particular topic. The literature review has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The literature review is organized by topics and subtopics based on the sources similarities and contrasts. You will be reading the sources and summarizing the information and then analyze the relationship of the articles. You can use headings in your paper to organize the themes or subtopics that come out of your research.
Here is more information on writing a literature review.
Pick a topic that is interesting too you. Look in journals or dental websites for "hot" topics.
Pick a second topic in case you cannot find enough resources for your first topic.
List of topics
Make a list of words to use as your search terms from:
the subjects assigned to the article
the key words assigned to the article
related words that you find while reading articles
Primary sources will provide in depth research via a study or a trial. Use the information in the abstract, introduction, and conclusion to locate relevant information.
Secondary sources will give you background information and facts about the topics related to your client case.
For more information about primary and secondary sources, click on the tab : Primary or Secondary sources on the left.
Types of articles: Evidence - Based
Format of article:
Resources to use: Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source (EBSCO), PubMed, and PubMed Central.
Tips for finding primary sources in Dentistry and Oral Sciences Science, PubMed Central, or EBSCO Discovery Service
Example: anticoagulants study
Example: anticoagulants trial
Tips for finding primary sources in PubMed
Sources that are not Evidence-Based
There is not a standard format.
Resources to use to find secondary sources that are not Evidence-Based: Websites for organizations, health facility, corporation: PubMed Central, Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source (EBSCO), and online journals.