Navigate to vol.17, issue 1 page 38 (from 2008) to read "Undertaking a literature review: a step-by-step approach" by P. Cronin et al.
Types of literature reviews include:
Traditional/narrative. This type of review critiques and summaries a body of literature and draws conclusions about the topic in question.
Systematic literature review. These reviews use a rigorous and well-defined approach to reviewing the literature in a specific subject area.
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.
Meta-synthesis. A non-statistical technique used to integrate, evaluate and interpret the findings of multiple qualitative research studies.