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Literature Reviews in the Health Sciences

Connect with useful information and resources to learn about different types of literature reviews and the process of conducting them.

Getting Started

The purpose of this guide is to provide information on a range of literature review types that are available for research synthesis for publication and research purposes.

This guide includes:

  • A comparison table of commonly used literature review types;
  • Decision tools to assist in selecting an appropriate family/literature review type for your research;
  • Overview of different review families and types;
  • General processes of conducting different literature review types;
  • Links to authoritative sources, standards and guidelines (where available), examples, and further reading for each review type;
  • Tools for conducting and managing your review.

*Note to students undertaking a literature review as part of coursework:

It is recommended that students undertaking a literature review as part of their coursework follow the literature review guidelines provided within their subject as they may include selected elements of full literature reviews suitable to the learning task.