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Building Science: Writing & Citing

Writing Guides

Most of the BCIT Library books on Academic and Report writing have call # starting with LB 2369.

Purdue Online Writing Lab website has a guide on General Writing Resources

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What sources can you use?

Literature reviews use a combination of primary and secondary sources -- the purpose of a LR is to document and analyze what has been published on any given topic through time.

The sources are: print, electronic or visual materials necessary for your research.

Sources are classified into primary, secondary and tertiary.

  • Examples of primary sources: research articles, letters/correspondence, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, official reports, patents and designs.
  • Examples of secondary sourcesacademic journal articles (other than empirical research articles or reports), conference proceedings, books (monographs or chapters’ books), documentaries.
  • Examples of tertiary sources: Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlas

Note: A source can be considered a primary source if it was created during a particular time, and it is documenting the "contemporary thinking" of that period. 

Avoiding Plagiarism/Citation Styles

Writing the Literature Review: Step-by-Step Tutorial