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Applied Research for Students

What Is a Literature Review?

A literature review brings the reader of your paper up-to-speed on your topic of research. It typically includes scholarly articles and grey literature that combines the most current and important works in the field.

A literature reviews can be a stand-alone paper, or a section of a larger research project. 

Literature Review Tutorial

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Types of Review Articles

There are various types of articles beyond the standard original research article. These other articles can be referred to as review articles. 

Some examples include:

  • literature reviews
  • systematic reviews
  • meta-analyses

Below is a chart that will explain each type of review article that you may find in scholarly, peer reviewed journals: 

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