Literature search strategies for conducting knowledge-building and theory-generating qualitative systematic reviews. What types of sources should I review books, journal articles, websites; scholarly versus popular sources? Here are examples of other sections you may need to include depending on the type of review you write: Current Situation: information necessary to understand the topic or focus of the literature review.
When you come to write up your findings, your literature review will therefore provide a crucial point of reference. Importance of a Good Literature Review A literature review may consist of simply a summary of key sources, but in the social sciences, a literature review usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis, often within specific conceptual categories.
Heterogeneity between the included studies in terms of reported outcomes and measures precluded the use of meta-analytic methods. As such, reviewers may selectively ignore or limit the attention paid to certain studies in order to make a point.
Resolve conflicts amongst seemingly contradictory previous studies. In this rather unsystematic approach, the selection of information from primary articles is subjective, lacks explicit criteria for inclusion and can lead to biased interpretations or inferences Green et al.
Bibliography Definition A literature review surveys books, scholarly articles, and any other sources relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, and by so doing, provides a description, summary, and critical evaluation of these works in relation to the research problem being investigated.
Evidence-based practice for telemental health. For example, a book surveying the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may include a chapter on the role Egypt has played in mediating the conflict. This is called citation tracking and there are a number of sources that can help you identify who has cited whom, particularly scholars from outside of your discipline.
The analytical features of a literature review might: give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations, trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates, depending on the situation, evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant, or usually in the conclusion of a literature review, identify where gaps exist in how a problem has been researched to date.