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Reading & Writing: Literature Reviews

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. 

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

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.

Paul Barnes can support students who do not have English as their first language. He is unable to proof read your work but is happy to read a short extract and comment on your grammar and spelling. He can be contacted by emailing

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

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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.

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CRAAP Test for evaluating sources

Evaluating Information

A really useful guide from UCL on how to evaluate sources.

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.

Useful books

Detailed information on literature reviews (guidance from other universities)