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BHEARD Research Guide : Literature Reviews

Steps in Conducting a Literature Review

Define your research question

Refine topic based on initial search results

Decide on the scope of your literature review; identify databases and keyterms for searching

Conduct search and find key studies and review articles

Export references and organize with citation management software

Identify gaps in the literature: what's missing?

Analyse and review studies with regard to methodology, funding source, citations by others

Write literature review

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