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Introduction and Overview

Library Resources for Preparing and Writing Your Review of the Literature

"Literature Reviews in the Sciences", Libraries' Micro-Course
An overview developed in collaboration with the campus Writing Center.

Coming soon from our libraries...an online guide to "Literature Review Services, Evidence Synthesis, Systematic Review".

What should a literature review do...

  • Set the broad context for the study, demarcate the scope of the investigation, and provide a justification for those decisions.
  • Situate the literature in scholarly/historial context.
  • Report the claims made in the existing literature.
  • Examine the research methods used.
  • Distinguish what has been learned and accomplished in the area of study from what still needs to be learned and accomplished.
  • Summarize and synthesize the existing literature in a way that permits a new perspective.

Literature Review Types/Typologies, Taxonomies

Grant, M. J., and A. Booth. "A Typology of Reviews: An Analysis of 14 Review Types and Associated Methodologies." Health Information and Libraries Journal 26.2 (2009): 91-108. 
DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x 
Link

Sutton, A., et al. "Meeting the Review Family: Exploring Review Types and Associated Information Retrieval Requirements." Health Information and Libraries Journal 36.3 (2019): 202-22. 
DOI: 10.1111/hir.12276 
Link

Evidence Synthesis, Selected Texts

Booth, Andrew. Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Third Edition. London: Sage, 2022. 
Catalog record link (print copy can be requested)