Literature review

A literature review is a study of past research findings.

Literature reviews can be considered secondary research, which may then lead on to original research (primary research). Sometimes the boundary between primary and secondary research is not clear (e.g., a critical review of previously published ideas and data can lead to the discovery of new ideas).


Literature reviews can be[1]:

  1. Traditional or narrative
  2. Systematic
  3. Meta-analytic
  4. Meta-synthesis


See alsoEdit

  1. Literature review (Wikipedia)
  2. Literature review (UC-Pharmacy-Research Wikiversity)
  3. Formulating literature reviews (UC-Pharmacy-Research Wikiversity)

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