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How to Write a Literature Review

An introduction to a Literature Review: what it is, the purpose, strategies, guidelines, and resources to help you to get started.

Resources

Aveyard, Helen. Doing A Literature Review In Health And Social Care: A Practical Guide. Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2010.

Dunne, Ciaran. "The Place of the Literature Review in Grounded Theory Research." International Journal of Social Research Methodology 14.2 (2011): 111-124.

Edwards, Mark.  "Quantitative Papers: The Literature Review".  Writing in Sociology.  Los Angeles: SAGE, 2012. pp. 47-55.

Garrard, Judith. Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method. Sudbury, Mass. : Jones And Bartlett Publishers, 2004.

Garson, G. David. Guide To Writing Empirical Papers, Theses, And Dissertations. New York : Marcel Dekker, 2002.

Machi, Lawrence A.McEvoy, Brenda T. The Literature Review: Six Steps To Success. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, 2009.

Randolph, Justus. “A Guide to Writing the Dissertation Literature Review.” Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 14(13).

Rozas, Lisa Werkmeister, and Waldo C. Klein. "The Value and Purpose of the Traditional Qualitative Literature Review." Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 7.5 (2010): 387-99.

Rudestam, Kjell Erik. Newton, Rae R. Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide To Content And Process. Los Angeles : SAGE Publications, 2007.

Salkind, Neil J. "How Do I Know When My Literature Review is Finished? Couldn't It Go On Forever?"    100 Questions and Answers About Research Methods.  Los Angeles: SAGE, 2012.  pp. 28-30.

Salkind, Neil J.  "How Does a Review of the Literature Have an Impact on My Research Question and the Hypothesis I Propose?"  100 Questions and Answers About Research Methods.  Los Angeles: SAGE, 2012.  pp. 26-28.

 

Source: JoAnne Jacoby. Used with permission from Literature Review Demystified.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

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