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Literature Review Guide: What is a Literature Review?

How to create Literature reviews


What is a literature review?

There are different types of literature reviews.

A stand alone literature review can be a single work in its own right.  Examples include

  • A class assignment/essay.
  • A review article

Literature reviews can also form a part of larger bodies of work. Examples include

  • A thesis / dissertation/ final year project.
  • An academic journal article introduction

University of Reading: Literature Review Guide

Writing the Literature review

  • What is a literature review
    Includes an example literature review, and guidelines for literature review structure. From James Cook University.

Literature review

Literature Review Checklist

 From the Markville Secondary School site in Canada.  This is a checklist for analysing Literature Reviews but will be of use to those writing Literature Reviews too. 


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Video that may help

North Carolina State Library’s video on literature reviews. gives a defination of literature review, ad details of the sturcture and process of creating a literature review.

Undertaking a Literature review: step by step approach

Although this article is aimed at Nursing students the principles can be applied to the creation of any Literature Review.