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Literature Reviews

An introduction to the Literature Review process and resources to help you get started.

Further reading

This section lists resources which may be of help in writing your literature review. Some are general in nature, and others are discipline specific. Refer also to Selected reference titles.

Searching for resources

Suggested keyword searches to locate new titles include: writing and "literature review*", or writing and (thesis or theses or dissertation). Refer to Resources at the University of Melbourne and Finding items not held by the library.

Architecture, Building and Planning

Silva, E, Healey, P, Harris, N and Van den Broeck, P, eds (2015). The Routledge handbook of planning research methods. New York: Routledge.

Arts and Humanities

Armour, K and Macdonald, D (2012). Research methods in physical education and youth sport. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Business and Economics

Adams, John (2014). Research methods for business and social science students. New Delhi: SAGE Publications.

D O'Gorman, Kevin (2014). Research methods for business and management: A guide to writing your dissertation. Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers Ltd.

Polonsky, Michael J (2015). Designing and managing a research project: A business student's guide. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE.

Wilson, Jonathan (2014). Essentials of business research: A guide to doing your research project. Los Angeles, California: SAGE Publications.

Law

Fajans, Elizabeth and Falk, Mary R (c2011). Scholarly writing for law students: Seminar papers, law review notes, and law review competition papers. (4th ed.). St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West.

Hutchinson, Terry (2010). Researching and writing in law (3rd ed.). Pyrmont, NSW: Lawbook Co.

Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Livnat, Zohar (2012). Dialogue, science and academic writing. Amsterdam; Philadelphia, Pa: John Benjamins Pub. Co.

Style Manual Committee Council of Science Editors (2014). Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. Chicago, London: the University of Chicago Press.

Zobel, Justin (2015). Writing for computer science. London: Springer London.

Medicine and Health Sciences

Bettany-Saltikov, Josette (2012). How to do a systematic literature review in nursing: A step-by-step guide. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.

Coughlan, Michael (2013). Doing a literature review in nursing, health and social care. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Garrard, Judith (2017). Health sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett learning.

Saks, M and Allsop, J (2013). Researching health: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. London: SAGE.

Siu, C and Comerasamy, H (2013). Doing a research project in nursing and midwifery: A basic guide to research using the literature review methodology. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Music, Visual and Performing Arts

Donahue, Thomas (2010). A style and usage guide to writing about music. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press.

Social Sciences - Education, Behavioural Sciences

Edwards, Mark Evan (2015). Writing in sociology. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE.

Egbert, Joy (2015). Writing education research: Guidelines for publishable scholarship. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

Fraenkel, Jack R (2014). How to design and evaluate research in education. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Galvan, Jose L (2016). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. Los Angeles: Taylor and Francis.

Kara, Helen (2015). Creative research methods in the social sciences: A practical guide. Bristol: Policy Press.

Lambert, Mike (2012). A beginner's guide to doing your education research project. London; Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Le Couteur. Amanda (2012). The principles of writing in psychology. South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan.

Postavura, Gianina (2016). A case of methodological premises underlying literature reviews. London: Sage.

Punch, Keith (2014). Introduction to research methods in education. London: SAGE.

Ragusa, Angela (2012). Writing for the social sciences. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.

Seale, Clive.(2012). Researching society and culture. London : SAGE.

Thomas, Gary (2013). How to do your research project: A guide for students in education and applied social sciences. Los Angeles, California: SAGE.

There are a number of online resources dealing with writing literature reviews.

Resources from other universities

Blogs

These blogs are not exclusively dedicated to literature reviews, but have many useful posts on academic writing (including literature reviews).

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