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Preparing for a Comprehensive Literature Review

"How to" Resources for Literature Reviews

The following resources will be helpful in determining the process involved in carrying out different types of reviews.


  • Aveyard, H.  (2014).  Doing a literature in health and social care:  A practical guide.  Maidenhead:  McGraw-Hill Education.  e-Version available here.  
  • Thomas, D. R. & Hodges, I. D. (2010). Doing a literature review. In Designing and managing your research project: Core skills for social and health research (pp. 105-130). London: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi:10.4135/9781446289044.n7
  • Williamson, G. R., & Whittaker, A. (2017). Succeeding in literature reviews and research project plans for nursing students. London: Learning Matters, an imprint of SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017. (Available in print only. Check here for availability. )

Scoping Reviews

Integrative/Mixed Methods Reviews

Systematic Reviews


Realist Reviews

Rapid Reviews

Qualitative Reviews