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Intro to Review Literature

This guide is an introduction to types of review literature. This will help to sort out differences, provide links to important guidelines, and give a starting point to consider possible workflow and procedures.

Choosing a review

When deciding on a review type, think about what you want to learn. Here are some questions to prompt your decision making.

Am I...

  • trying to learn about a field of research?
    • to clarify concepts?
    • to describe current practice?
    • to look for gaps?
    • suggest new practice or policies? [based on review of outcomes]
  • gather data from studies that have already been done?

Decision tools and resources

Cornell University Library Decision Tree - What type of review is right for you?

Deciding between types

Section in progress