CSCI 4511W: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Section 1, Exley)

This guide provides resources for completing the literature review part of your final project.


Welcome to your library course guide for CSCI 4511W, intended to the literature review assignment as part of your final project. If you have questions on any of the information below or with finding what you need, you are welcome to email me ( or schedule a research consultation.

- Hannah Cabullo, your Computer Science & Engineering librarian

Tutorial: Researching and writing a literature review

Researching and writing a literature review tutorial. Self-paced.

After completing this tutorial, you will:

  • Understand the purpose and value of a literature review
  • Recognize the procedure behind an effective literature review

Searching for literature

When doing a literature review, it is important to search multiple places, since you are working to understand the state of knowledge on your topic. Below are our main databases for computer science, and they contain a variety of types of sources (primarily journal articles and conference proceedings).

Use the search tips below to combine your search terms.

Search tips

The following search tips tend to work across different databases: 

  • Use the word AND to link concepts together: innovation AND product complexity
  • Use the word OR with parentheses to search for synonyms: education AND (AI OR artificial intelligence)
  • Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase: “knowledge management”
  • Use an asterisk to search for multiple endings of a root word: comput* - to find compute, computer, computing, computation

Tutorial: Database search tips

Database search tips tutorial. Self-paced.

Improve your searches! This guide will help you:

  • Apply search modifiers AND, OR, and NOT to your database searches
  • Recognize phrase searching and other advanced search techniques
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2023 12:59 PM