Health sciences literature review made easy

“A đánh giá of the literature consists of reading, analyzing, và writing a synthesis of scholarly materials about a specific topic. When the Đánh Giá is of scientific literature, the focus is on the hypotheses, the scientific methods, the strengths và weaknesses of the study, the results, and the authors’ interpretations and conclusions. A đánh giá of the scientific literature is fundamental khổng lồ understanding the accumulated knowledge about the topic being reviewed."

Garrard, J. (2017). Health sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. p. 4.

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This handoutfrom The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill, walks through the literature đánh giá process; from understanding what a lit reviews is,to constructing a thesis statement, lớn thinking about how lớn organize your Review.​

This video clip from the North Carolina State Libraries offers a thorough 10-minute introduction to literature Reviews. It's a great resource if you still aren't sure how lớn approach your lit Review.


For a Reviews of the literature, you want khổng lồ conduct a comprehensive sầu search to identify as many sources as possible on your topic.

Be sure to take notes on your tìm kiếm process -- otherwise it's easy lớn chiến bại track of what you've sầu already tried.

Database Searching

Search health sciences and other disciplinary databases (i.e.CINAHL, MEDLINE, ERIC) for keyword related to lớn your topic. (See theArticles on Your Topicpage of this guide for tips và resources).

Having trouble? Make an appointment with a librarianlớn discuss databases, từ khoá, và tìm kiếm strategies.

Xem thêm: Genres: Definitions For Children’S Literature, Children'S Literature Genres

Citation Searching

When you find a relevant article, use it khổng lồ identify other potentially relevant articles:

Look at its references to identify other relevant articles that you haven't found.

Use Google Scholar,Scopus, or Web of Science khổng lồ identify more recent articles that have sầu cited that one.


When you're writing a literature review, you won't just summarize all of the articles that you've sầu found on your topic.

Instead, you'll synthekích thước the evidence. This means that you'll look at the state of the evidence as a whole, telling your reader what it means when you put it all together.

Rather than reviewing your sources one at a time, you'll organize your lit Review by concept, chronology, methodology, etc. -- whatever makes the most sense for your topic.

Xem thêm: Oxford Encyclopedia Of British Literature, Oxford Research Encyclopedia Of Literature

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Still not sure what it means to lớn syntheform size the evidence? Chechồng out the handout và videoin the What is a Literature Review? section of this page for more information.


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