Skip to main content

Mining Engineering: Literature reviews

Literature review ebooks

How to find literature reviews

If you are looking for examples of published literature reviews, there are a few basic techniques you could use:

  • Search the library catalogue using your topic keywords and the term "literature review", eg

                                    "engineering" AND "literature review"

  • Some databases (eg ProQuest, etc) allow you to search on "reviews" or "literature review" under document type.  Do a topic search, then refine your results to "reviews" or "literature review" by clicking in the box next to 'document type'
  • Search review journals such as Annual Reviews as these tend to focus specifically on reviews only


Here is a list of important tips that you might want to note when undertaking a literature review:

  • Engage in an effective and comprehensive literature search
  • Use the major publications in the field - there are so many articles available on your research topic.  You need to be selective in what you use, so select the best in that field
  • Ensure you critically evaluate the literature; don't just summarize it!
  • References - keep bibliographical records of all sources referred to

Theses & 4th Year Projects

Before starting your literature review, you may wish to look at a sample of theses and WASM 4th year projects.  

Theses: Printed theses are housed in the library at Bentley JCPML and some in Kalgoorlie while others are available online through eSpace. For more information, check out the library website on Theses

 WASM 4th year projects (many on CD) are housed at Kalgoorlie Library and at Bentley library.  The shelf number for the majority of these projects is 378.24.

If you are searching on the library catalogue for 4th year projects the search terms below will help you find this great resource.

Dissertations, academic undergraduate Western Australia


Useful Libguides

The following LibGuides have been created specifically for Literature reviews

Useful websites

The following websites provide some useful material on literature reviews: