- 1. Learning Objectives
- 2. What is a literature review?
- 3. Types of reviews
- 4. What is the purpose of a literature review?
- 5. Planning the Literature Review
- 6. How to find literature
- 7. Organising the Literature
- 8. How to write a literature review
- 9. Citation practices
- 10. Examples of literature reviews
- 11. Summary
- 12. Feedback Survey
3. Types of reviews
Literature reviews can take different forms – they can contain a synthesis of texts, they may reflect your position within your field of study, they may identify gaps within the field, or they may present the explorations of an idea over time.
There are different ways to classify a literature review. Some of these are [summarised from University of Alabama ]:
- Argumentative Review: “support(s) or refute(s) an argument”;
- Integrative Review: “reviews, critiques, and synthesizes representative literature on a topic”;
- Historical Review: “examin(e) research throughout a period of time”
- Methodological Review: “provides a framework of understanding at different levels… enables researchers to draw on a wide variety of knowledge… and helps highlight many ethical issues.”;
- Systematic Review: “an overview of existing evidence pertinent to a clearly formulated research question”;
- Theoretical Review: “concretely examine the corpus of theory that has accumulated in regard to an issue, concept, theory, phenomena”.
- Literature Reviews, Introduction to Different Types of – University of Western Ontario [https://www.lib.uwo.ca/tutorials/typesofliteraturereviews/index.html ]
- Duke University Systematic Reviews: Types of Reviews [http://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/c.php?g=158155&p=1035849 ]
Which type of literature review is best suited to your purpose and audience?