“an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers” http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review
“a comprehensive summary and critical appraisal of the literature that is relevant to your research topic” Williamson and Whittaker (2014) Succeeding in Literature Reviews and Research Project Plans for Nursing Students
“systematic, explicit, and reproducible method for identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars and practitioners” Fink, A. (2005) Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper, 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications
Introduction to Literature Reviews
For more detailed information on literature reviews...
For a more detailed treatment of literature reviews in the health sciences, please visit Catherine Boden's research guide. It contains a wealth of information on the different types of reviews, focusing on systematic reviews.
"A series of four videos on how to structure the literature review. It covers the overall structure, how to structure the introduction, the body, how to get the body in order and finally the conclusion."
Outlines practical strategies for reading and note taking, and guides the reader on how to conduct a systematic search of the available literature, and uses cases and examples throughout to demonstrate best practice in writing and presenting the review.
Call Number: PE 1478 F34 2009 HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY
This is a very practical book that moves from general to specific issues in the writing of literature reviews. It opens with the telling of a research story, and touches on structure, language, style, and avoiding plagiarism.