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Research Guide: Start

Research Guide

Literature reviews

How you conduct a literature review depends on your discipline. Below are a few resources that will get you started. Additional literature on the subject is available in the Chalmers Library collections and on the web.  

Books (general)

Jesson, J., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F. M. (2011). Doing your literature review: Traditional and systematic techniques. Los Angeles, Calif. ; London: SAGE.

Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2009). The literature review: Six steps to success. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press.


  • Brereton, P., Kitchenham, B. A., Budgen, D., Turner, M., & Khalil, M. (2007). Lessons from applying the systematic literature review process within the software engineering domain. The Journal of Systems & Software, 80(4), 571-583. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2006.07.009

  • Randolph, J. J. (2009). A guide to writing the dissertation literature review. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation, 14(13), 1-13.

Research support

Our websites provide access to a wide array of databases, journals and open access resources commonly used by students and faculty at Chalmers. 

Open Access

Learn more about Chalmers policy and how the library can assist you with OA issues. 

Request material that you need

Through our interlibrary loan service, we can find almost everything you need, including copies of books and books chapters, reports and scientific articles. Please use this link to place your order. 

Recommend a purchase

We will as far as possible purchase books and journals that support your research. Use this link to suggest a purchase.  

Academic Writing

If you need assistance in locating literature on Academic Writing, please visit the information desk at one of our libraries or contact us at Below are a few select titles frequently used by Chalmers faculty and personnel.