The literature review process can be simplified by breaking it down into manageable pieces. We will cover the first two: Presearch and Research.
Presearch - Determine your general topic. Conduct some presearch. Google Scholar is a good tool to use for this stage in the process. A search in Google Scholar will provide a large scope view of the literature landscape. You can also get an idea of the important researchers in your area of interest. An added bonus: you will be able to see a full-text link for items you can find at Riley Library! Use these instructions to set up Google Scholar to display NNU results: http://libguides.nnu.edu/offcampus/googlescholar
Research - This is where you want to be in the appropriate database(s). If you found a reference to a specific journal in your Google Scholar search you can search for the journal title in the library journal list service. Or you can visit the journal's page on the internet and determine which databases index the journal.