The purpose of this guide is to:
For more detailed support, please contact your liaison librarian:
According to Fink (2020) "a literature review is a systematic, explicit, and reproducible method of identifying, evaluating and synthesizing the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars, and practitioners” (p. 6). There are many types of reviews conducted by researchers in various disciplines as part of a:
To prepare for a review:
Types of reviews and their uses:
What type of review is right for you? (flowchart)
Scoping or systematic review? (flowchart)
In the video 50 Shades of Review (1 hr 10 minutes) Dr. Andrew Booth steps through six families of reviews including:
N.B. Well worth watching (start at the three and a half minute mark to skip the introduction).
Booth, A., Sutton, A., Clowes, M., & Martyn-St James, M. (2022). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review (3rd ed.). SAGE.
Fink, A. (2020). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper (5th ed.). SAGE.