Q. What is a review article and how can I find one in the library?


Review articles present research that has already been published. The authors of review articles are providing a summary of the current research on a particular topic. Review articles report on who the main researchers are in that field, recent advances or discoveries, gaps in the research, debates, and what future directions the research may take in that field.  

The PsycARTICLES/PsycINFO database allows you to limit your search reviews. Choose Systematic Review in the Methodology box in the Advanced Search.

In ScienceDirect, go to the Journals Tab in Advanced Search and select Review Article under Limit by Document Type

In databases where these options are not built in, you can use terms like “systematic review” or “review.”

For example, searching a database for: "smoking cessation AND systematic review." 


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