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Literature Review

This guide will help get you started with searching for information for your literature review.

Find examples of literature reviews

You can find examples of literature reviews in journals, and in theses (usually found in the second chapter).


Most databases allow you to limit searches to 'review articles'. Review articles are a great place to start your literature review.

Review articles:

  • are written by experts in the field
  • provide a synthesis of the research literature
  • provide an overview of the research topic
  • detail developments in the research and identify future directions
  • highlight where the gaps in the research exist
  • identify the main authors in the field
  • include an extensive bibliography
  • are generally highly cited.


Locate a thesis from your faculty and check out the literature review chapter.

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