"A literature review is a search and evaluation of the available literature
in your given subject or chosen topic area."
Royal Literary Fund, 2023
A literature review aims at surveying the literature, synthesising the information, critically analysing it and presenting it in an organised way.
You may be asked to write a literature review for an assessment or for your dissertation. There are different types of literature reviews, each with their own specific objective and methodology. Below you can find definitions, aims and methods of these different types. Please note that this terminology is largely based on healthcare research, where the methodologies are well established. Other research fields may be using these terms slightly differently, so it is important that you clarify expectations with your lecturer or supervisor.
If your lecturer or supervisor lets you choose the type of review, you might want to consider the objective of your project and the time you have available. This will largely determine the type of your review best for you. You can also book an appointment with your Information Specialist.
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