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Literature Review - A Self-Guided Tutorial: Home


This guide will help you to:

  • Define a literature review.
  • Recognize that different fields of study have their own ways to define, perform, and write "literature reviews."
  • Prepare to search the literature.
  • Read critically -- analyze and synthesize.
  • Prepare to write a literature review.

Literature Review Process

Literature review process cycle, from Literature Review (2009) by Machi and McEvoy

Graphic from Literature Review (2009) by Machi and McEvoy.

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Content used in this tutorial sourced from and adapted from Literature Review - A Self-Guided Tutorial which was created by Kathleen Hanna, with contributions from Sara Lowe and Ted Polley (all with IUPUI University Library) and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Using Boolean Operators in PubMed video developed by and sourced from the Florida State University College of Medicine Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library, in conjunction with Instructional Design & Media Production.

Content used in this tutorial adapted from Writing at the University of Toronto's "The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It" and The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill's "Literature Reviews."

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