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Literature Reviews!

Selected Review Types

The following article describes the steps to follow when conducting a literature review.

Types of literature reviews include:

  1. Traditional/narrative.  This type of review critiques and summaries a body of literature and draws conclusions about the topic in question.
  2. Systematic literature review.  These reviews use a rigorous and well-defined approach to reviewing the literature in a specific subject area.
  3. Meta-analysis.  A form of systematic review which is largely a statistical technique.  It takes findings from several studies on the same subject and analyses them using stardardized statistical procedures.
  4. Meta-synthesis.  A non-statistical technique used to integrate, evaluate and interpret the findings of multiple qualitative research studies.

The above definitions are from Cronin, P. BJN, 2008, vol 17, No 1 p. 38-39.