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Finding Information: Literature Reviews

What is a Literature Review?

  • A literature review is a key component of your dissertation or thesis.
  • You may also be required to complete a literature review as part of an assignment.
  • The following guidance will explain what a literature review is and how to conduct a successful review. 

Health Students

If you are doing a literature review for your final project in a health degree such as nursing, please refer to the library guidance from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Library Team

Starting a Literature Review

This guide from the Reading University takes you through the process of starting a literature review.

Writing up your literature review

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This guide from Victoria University will help you write up your literature review.

Proof reading and editing your work

Library & Learning Support does not offer a proof-reading or checking service and so is unable to make corrections to your work or carry out editing on your behalf.

You may be interested in the following online resources which include tips and advice on how to draft, edit and proof-read your own work -

Critical Thinking

Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.

Access this module and it contains these sections:

  • What is critical thinking? 
  • Critical reading, listening, and note-making 
  • Critical writing  
  • Evaluating evidence  
  • Critical reflection

Click on 'Continue with your Institution account'.

CRAAP Test for evaluating sources

New in 2022 UK Government 'Take care with what you share' online campaign:

"The internet and social media are full of facts and opinions. Most are balanced and informative but others can be misleading or even harmful to share with our friends and families. Worse still, false information can often be about important things that impact whole communities, like health or the environment." (HM Government 2022).

The CRAAP test was developed by Meriam Library at California State University:

  • Currency - The timeliness of the information.
  • Relevance - The importance of the information for your needs.
  • Authority - The source of the information.
  • Accuracy - The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
  • Purpose - The reason the information exists.

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