Most specialized databases will have scholarly articles that are either literature reviews or have a review of the literature as an introduction to the research. Keys to finding them in some of our best databases are:
Step 1: "Literature Reviews” is a descriptor – search in SU Descriptors (All) and combine with search terms on your topic - Limit to Journal Articles.
Step 2: Eric Digests are brief, 3-5 page, full text articles that describes the current state of an issue and provide a bibliography, but does not evaluate the pros and cons of the studies cited.
Step 3: Search for your topic and limit Publication Type to:ERIC Digests in Full Text.
In addition to the journal literature, ERIC indexes education-related materials from a variety of sources, including scholarly organizations, professional associations, research centers, policy organizations, university presses, the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies, and state and local agencies. Individual contributors submit conference papers, research papers, dissertations, and theses.
Step 1: PsycInfo uses Literature Review as a Form/Content Type.
Step 2: In EBSCO Select Methodology: Literature Review and combine with terms for your topic.
Step 3: Publication Type – Review has book, software, etc. reviews.