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Literature Reviews

Information and resources on how to conduct different types of literature reviews in all disciplines.

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How to Conduct a Literature Review

Video Recording

The recording is 56 minutes long and contains a closed caption option.

Whether you’re working on a chapter for your dissertation or a section of a scholarly article, writing literature reviews is tough. But there are some tips that can help you to conduct effective and efficient literature reviews.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine which type of literature review you need to do (scoping review, systematic review, meta-analysis, etc.)
  • Search scholarly databases effectively for literature, including saving searches and setting up alerts
  • Utilize citation management software (Mendeley, EndNote, or Zotero) to keep your literature organized
  • Get personalized assistance from a librarian

Presenter: Joanna Thielen, Engineering Librarian

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Other Resources


  • Knowledge syntheses: Systematic & Scoping Reviews, and other review types — provides information and resources to learn about the different types of knowledge syntheses (method-driven reviews), such as systematic reviews, scoping reviews, rapid reviews, among others, and the process of conducting them. 
  • Challenges & Solutions in Scoping Reviews video — his recorded webinar discusses challenges of conducting a scoping review (from developing the a priori protocol to finalizing the review report for publication and developing implications or recommendations for research, policy, and practice from the results of the review) and provides solutions that can be implemented by research teams.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Manual for Evidence Synthesis — comprehensive and free online guide that has separate chapters devoted to the synthesis of different types of evidence and to address different types of review questions.