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How to Write a Literature Review: Step #4: Writing

This guide will assist in the development and structure for writing a literature review in a health sciences discipline

Organizing the Review

There are 4 ways to organize the articles in the main body of the review.

Chronological: Organizing the literature into time periods

Thematic: Identifying the themes presented in the literature and discuss each theme

Examining the theoretical literature and then the methodological literature: Review the theories on the topic and then discuss the development of an appropriate methodology to conduct a new study

Examining the theoretical literature and then the empirical literature: When the literature has both theoretical and empirical evidence and each is discussed separately

Content adapted from Carnwell, R., & Daly, W. (2001). Strategies for the construction of a critical review of the literature. Nurse education in practice 1(2), 57-63.

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