Literature review

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students (video, 9:38) by libncsu. 

A literature review is a comprehensive assessment and documentation of the literature related to your area of research or your problem.

Literature, in this context, refers to the high quality professional and scholarly information sources relevant to your research area. Generally, the literature includes scholarly information such as:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Research papers
  • Conference papers

Depending on your research area, it could also include professional information such as

  • Standards
  • Policy documents
  • Legislation and regulations.

A literature review does not incorporate your original research. On the contrary it analyses and synthesises others research to create a complete picture of the current state of your topic of interest. It is often used to demonstrate a gap in the research.

There are many different types of literature reviews, are an essential part of HDR research and they form an important part of of a confirmation of candidature.  

For example:

  1. Traditional or narrative literature review
  2. General literature review
  3. Theoretical literature review
  4. Methodological literature review
  5. Historical literature review
  6. Systematic literature review

What is a systematic literature review?

See your your supervisor or the Research team about the best type of literature review for your purpose if you are not sure which to use.

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