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Writing a Literature or Systematic review


The Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology briefly defines a Literature Review as:

"A survey and interpretation of the research findings (the “literature”) on a particular topic, usually designed to prepare for undertaking further research on the subject." (p. 178)

Vogt, P.W. (2005). Dictionary of statistics & methodology (3rd ed). doi: 10.4135/9781412983907

Other resources

There are many resources freely available online that can assist you with information about the process of writing a literature review. There are many ways for writing a review.  Please use the below resources as a guide only:

It is also worth considering if there are any specific requirements that you need to take into account when you are writing your literature review. This will depend on who your audience is, or the purpose for which it is being written.

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Manage resources and citation information

ACU Library provides access to tools which can help researchers manage their resources and citation information. These tools enable you to:

  • store and organise citation information for books, book chapters, journal articles, websites, conference papers and theses.
  • import information from databases, add notes, images and files (e.g pdf) to records.
  • create and format intext citations and reference lists in a selected style (e.g. APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA) in Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer documents.

The Australian Catholic University has an organisational subscription to EndNote and RefWorks. ACU staff and students can access these programs both on campus and off campus.  Click below to download.