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Welcome to the COSAM Senior Projects Research Guide!

This guide includes information and materials to help write your your senior project or project proposal: searching for senior projects, writing a literature review, submitting your senior project, and more...

Visit COSAM Research Central  or Education Research Central for subject specific research guides with lists of the best Library resources in each area of study and an excellent starting point for your research project.

Search for Senior Projects

  • Search Senior Projects 2009 to present
    Browse, view, and search for Senior Projects online by subject in DigitalCommons@CalPoly.
  • Search for Senior Projects prior to Fall 2009
    Search for Senior Projects prior to Fall 2009 in PolyCat. They are available on microfiche only and are available in the in Room 111. They are arranged by the 6-digit “call number” listed on PolyCat record. For help locating senior projects and instruction on using the reader/printers, ask at the Research Help Desk.

Literature Review Activity


Literature Reviews

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a written account providing an overview of all the important literature related to a particular topic. It is an essential part of any research publication, dissertation or thesis. It also can be a stand-alone document. 

The literature review is designed to do several things:

  • Discover what is known (or not known) about a topic or research question.
  • Determine the current status of the research on a topic or research question.
  • Situate your topic or research question into the context of related research and information.
  • Provide an understanding of the methodologies used in researching related questions.
  • Identify areas for further study.
Ultimately, a good literature review will familiarize the reader with the topic, so they understand how your question fits into the greater body of knowledge on the subject.

Steps in the Literature Review Process

The literature review involves a systematic process. 

The steps in this process include:

  1. Defining the topic or problem.
  2. Searching the literature.
  3. Reading and evaluating the information you find.
  4. Analyzing, comparing, relating, critiquing and synthesizing the information.
  5. Correctly citing the information included in the literature review.

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