Writing & Publishing

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 service disruption.

Many of you may be working towards having some of your work published as journal articles and others may be looking for help with writing your thesis, or you may have to write a literature review for a class. You may find the following links useful

Writing a Literature Review:

A few quick online guides:

You can find examples of literature reviews in books and journal articles, try searching for the phrase "literature review". Here is an example:

Liang, X., Mohan, B. A., & Early, M. (1998). Issues of cooperative learning in ESL classes: A literature review. TESL Canada Journal/Revue TESL Du Canada, 15(2), 13-23 [link to pdf]

More detailed information on literature reviews can be found in these books from our collection:
NOTE: print books can be requested via our curbside service (for pick up or mailing) during COVID closure



  • Booth, A. (2016). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review
    Call Number: LB1047.3 .B66 2016   
  • Feak, C. B & Swales, J. M. (2009). Telling a research story : writing a literature review.
    Call Number: LB2369.F43 2009
  • Onwuegbuzie, A. J. & Frels, R. (2016). 7 steps to a comprehensive literature review : a multimodal & cultural approach. 
  • Call Number: LB2369 .O59 2016
  • Ridley, D. (2012). The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students. 2nd ed.
    Call Number: LB2369 .R525 2012 


Publishing Journal Articles:

Writing for Scholarly Journals: a series of short video screencasts with accompanying documentation on a variety of topics such as What has been written on my topic? and more

Books in our collection:

Deciding where you want to publish your article:

  • CURIE Fund: Think you might like to publish in an open access journal? Then look into this fund which is a pilot project to provide funds for the reimbursement of reasonable article processing fees for articles authored or co-authored by Carleton researchers published in eligible peer-reviewed open access journals
  • Journal Citation Reports: lets you see how journals in various disciplines are ranked by measures such as impact factor (average number of citations per article).
  • Do a search on your topic in one of our journal article databases (e.g. Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts) and on the results page look to see if they let you filter your results by title of journal: gives you a quick way to see which journals publish the most on a particular topic [keep in mind though that some journals publish more issues per year than others, so this might skew listings]

Your Thesis

  • Thesis requirements: from the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Affairs, checklists, templates...
  • Check the list of Grad Navigate workshops to see if there are any offer specifically for help with thesis writing

Sample of books that might be of help:
NOTE: print books can be requested via our curbside service (for pick up or mailing) during COVID closure

Getting Grants

Content last reviewed: August 3, 2020