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Which review is that? A guide to review types

A typology of literature reviews

Narrative Review

Narrative review articles provide an overview and analysis of a broad spectrum of material on a specific topic of interest. It is is often used interchangeably with a traditional Literature Review


Further Reading/Resources

Allen, M. (2017). The sage encyclopedia of communication research methods (Vols. 1-4). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Catalogue Link

Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L., & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Information & Libraries Journal36(3), 202-222. Full Text

Ferrari, R. (2015). Writing narrative style literature reviews. Medical Writing24(4), 230-235. Full Text

Green, B. N., Johnson, C. D., & Adams, A. (2006). Writing narrative literature reviews for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 5(3), 101-117. Full Text



Bengtsson, V., Berglund, L., & Aasa, U. (2018). Narrative review of injuries in powerlifting with special reference to their association to the squat, bench press and deadlift. BMJ open sport & exercise medicine4(1), Full Text


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