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What is methodological literature review?

We often rely on methodological literature reviews. These are reviews that summarize a methodological issue and provide best-practice recommendations. We describe different types of reviews and their purposes, and uncover hidden features in published methodological literature reviews.

What is Whittemore and Knafl?

Whittemore and Knafl suggest coding sources for methodological or theoretical rigor and data relevance on a 2-point scale (high or low). Check out the Critical Appraisal guide for additional methods to asses source validity.

What type of research is an integrative review?

An integrative review is a general review of the existing literature as a ‘systematic’ process. It usually involves both quantitative and qualitative studies – hence ‘integrative’ (inclusive) – but is not always the case. Some people also call it a systematic review.

What is systematic literature?

Systematic literature review (SLR) is “a means of evaluating and interpreting all available research relevant to a particular research question or topic area or phenomenon of interest” (Dybå et al., 2005).

Whats included in a systematic review?

A systematic review is defined as “a review of the evidence on a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant primary research, and to extract and analyze data from the studies that are included in the review.” The methods used must be …

What is the definition of a literature review?

A literature review is a survey of scholarly sources that provides an overview of statement or the study’s goals or purpose. *This sample paper was adapted by the Writing Center from Key, K.L., Rich, C., DeCristofaro, C., Collins, S. (2010).

Can a literature review be an end in itself?

A literature can be an end in itself (an analysis of what is known about a topic) or a prologue to and rationale for engaging in primary research. The following are guidelines on how to write a literature review:

Do you have to do a literature review when writing a thesis?

If you write a thesis or dissertation, you will have to conduct a literature review to situate your research within existing knowledge. You might include it in the introduction or theoretical framework, or it might be a separate chapter that comes before the methodology and results sections.

What should be included in an introduction to a literature review?

Your introduction should clearly explain the overall research topic and the depth of the information to be presented; it often also explains the types of sources that will be used. If your literature review is part of a larger research proposal or project, its introduction can be combined with the introduction of your paper.