Literature review

  • All these sources offer useful advice – check a couple to find what fits best with your approach and the expectations in your subject area.

    • Literature review tutorial

      (RMIT, Aus) explains clearly what a literature review it (and is not), how to tackle the reading and research and think about what you read – and on to planning and practical advice on writing. A perfect place to start.
    • Literature reviews

      (Royal Literary Fund, UK) A short, clear outline - what a lit review is and why you do one. It then suggests a basic structure and gives suggestions on how to tackle it.
    • Starting your literature review

      (University of Reading, UK) offers a clear outline of what's involved in starting a lit review. It includes a helpful diagram (an upside down triangle) showing how you move from broad to specific topics as you research. Note the useful tabs at the bottom of the page.
    • Example 

      (Purdue University, US) You may pick up some useful points from this annotated lit review. Note that it is psychology, which has specific conventions that may not be relevant to you.
    • Systematic Reviews

      (University of Surrey) A step-by-step guide to conducting systematic reviews of particular use to healthcare students.

    For postgraduate students

    • Literature review online tutorial

      (RMIT, Aus) A set of short videos showing you how to think, plan, structure and write the introduction, body and conclusion of a literature review. An essential starting point for postgraduates.
    • Planning and conducting a dissertation research project

      (University of Leicester, UK) offers guidance on the whole process from start to finish including choosing a topic, writing a proposal, time planning, literature review, collecting data and writing up.