This article nicely outlines the different types of literature reviews:
Andrew Booth's book is a thorough, but readable book outlining the steps of a comprehensive literature review:
Booth, A., Papaioannou, D., & Sutton, A. (2012). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Stand Alone Literature Review
Niederhauser, A., VanDeusen Lukas, C., Parker, V., Ayello, E. A., Zulkowski, K., & Berlowitz, D. (2012). Comprehensive programs for preventing pressure ulcers: A review of the literature. Advances in Skin & Wound Care, 25(4), 167-88; quiz 189-90.
As Context for a New Research Study
Sutton, J., & Smith, P. (1999). Bullying as a group process: An adaptation of the participant role approach. Aggressive Behavior, 25 (2), 97-111.
Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review – Part A
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This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for keyword databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar. We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review.
Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review – Part B
This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for databases with subject headings such as Medline, ERIC, and PsycINFO. We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review.
Breaking up your question into these 4 elements (which you can easily remember with the mnmeonic device PICO) will make your literature search process easier:
C: Comparison intervention
Other models you may wish to use for question formulation include:
Wildridge, V., & Bell, L. (2002). How CLIP became ECLIPSE: a mnemonic to assist in searching for health policy/management information. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 19(2), 113-115.
Schlosser, R. W., Koul, R., & Costello, J. (2007). Asking well-built questions for evidence-based practice in augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Communication Disorders, 40(3), 225-238.
Booth, A. (2006). Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice. Library hi tech, 24(3), 355-368.