Public Affairs & Policy Management

Literature Review

Guides to literature reviews from universities

Sample titles from Carleton's book collection:

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


Country Information

Policy Reports and Working Papers

Book borrowing Information:

  • You can have up to 500 books checked out at any one time
  • Undergraduate and graduate students can borrow books for 120 days at a time (with unlimited renewals subject to recall when another student places a hold)
  • You can also borrow books from the University of Ottawa
  • If a book you want is checked out, sign into your Omni account and you will see the option to Request the book under Availability
  • To renew your books, place requests, connect to e-books, journals, & databases from off-campus you only need your MyCarletonOne login and password

Omni Searching

The library has a search tool called Omni that lets you do just one search to find books, newspaper articles, journal articles, and other types of resources. Caution: Omni does not include databases used when searching for data, statistics and some grey literature. 

  • Use keywords only, do not search using a full sentence.
  • Combine keywords for different ideas with AND
  • Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
  • Use the * at the end of the root of a word to find all the forms of that word

eBook Collections

  • Brill E-Books Includes publications covering Middle East and Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and International Law.
  • Canadian Publishers Collection Includes major Canadian University Presses, among them the University of Toronto Press, the UBC Press, Les Presses de l'Université du Québec and McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Columbia International Affairs Online
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • Ebook Central Fulltext of books from academic publishers, as well as books and reports from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
  • Scholars Portal Books Fulltext available for books from the following publishers: Springer, Oxford University Press, American Psychological Association, Cambridge University Press, Canadian presses and government and non-governmental organizations
  • UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 Collection from University of California Press on a wide range of topics.

See a full list of ebook collections.

Other Library Collections:


Key Databases:

Additional Databases:

Good to know:

  1. Within a database, limit your search to scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles when it is appropriate to disregard other resources.
  2. Never limit to full-text only as we may subscribe to the journal you find from another vendor.  Use the Get it! icon to search for the full text when it is not immediately available.
  3. Look for the option to set up an RSS feed or to Create an Alert.  You are then notified when a new entry is added to the database that meets your search criteria.
  4. Use the Interlibrary Loans RACER form to request items not held at Carleton’s library.  

‚ÄčPolicy Reports

Think Tanks

Citation Searching

Use Web of Science and Scopus to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited by other authors.


Web of Science
       Select Cited Reference Search from top tool bar.
You have the article
         Randell Hansen and Desmond King, 2001.  "Eugenic Ideas, Political Interests, and Policy Variance... "  World Politics 53.2:237-263. 

       Enter author in cited author box
                 Hansen R*  (use surname, first initial and truncation symbol)          
       Retrieve abbreviation of journal name from list provided, and enter year of publication.  World Polit
Note the option Create Alert to be notified of any future citing of this article.

       Choose Author Search from top tool bar
       Enter author's name and affiliation if known
               Trimble, Linda

Tips for effective searching -

If you find one relevant article for your research it can lead to other relevant papers by the following:

  • using the databases, including Summon, look to find all papers & books published by the author or co-authors
  • explore the bibliography in the paper for sources
  • using Web of Science or Scopus, look for articles that cite the article you found.    Remember, some databases will also list citing articles but those lists are limited to the current database.  The Web of Science and Scopus are more comprehensive, with coverage from multiple databases. 

News Sources

Tips for Newspaper Searching

The following titles are a small sample of news sources available online through the Library catalogue:


Find theses and dissertations in our databases, starting with:



The library has many data sources available.   Get help at the Research Help Desk (main level), or consult the library guide for Data.

Relevant databases include:

Content last updated: June 24, 2020