Literature reviews

Whether it is part of a larger assignment, or a standalone piece in itself, a literature review covers the process of reading, reviewing, and evaluating a selection of sources about a particular topic. You are being asked to look at what other authors have said and to analyse and assess their contributions. These guides will help you to get started.

Introduction to literature reviews

Literature review

Learn about literature reviews and the key steps to completing one.

Duration: 15 minutes

Step 1 - Plan your search

Literature review

The first step to carrying out a literature review is to plan your search.

Duration: 20 minutes

Step 2 - Get Hold of Information

Literature review

In this step you will learn about the different types of information you need to look for.

Duration: 20 minutes

Step 3 - Evaluate the Information

evaluate information

One you have found your information you need to evaluate how useful or relevant it is.

Duration: 20 minutes


Step 4 - Organise and Use the information

organise information

Once you have read the literature, and started writing notes about each source, you need to think about organising it into a logical order. In this section we will look at how to organise and use the information.

Duration: 20 minutes

Step 5 - Write your Review

Write your review

The note-taking you have already done will of helped you to organise your ideas and arrange the literature. Hopefully you have a good idea about the main concepts, how these relate to each other and you will have identified supporting evidence. Now it’s time to start writing.

Duration: 20 minutes

Assessment Submission

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