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Steps in Conducting a Literature Review

  • Identify Key Terms (descriptors, subject headings, MeSH)
  • Locate Literature
  • Critically evaluate and select
  • Organize
  • Write

Matrix Method

Avoid the chaos of a literture review, get organized first.

Examples of Reviews

Gapp, O., Schweikert, B., Meisinger, C. & Holle, R. (2008). Disease management programmes for patients with coronary heart disease: An empirical study of German programmes. Health Policy, 88(2): 176-185. doi:

Elis, A. & Lishner, M. (2012). Non-every day statin administration: A literature review. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 23(5): 474-478. doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2012.02.006

Han S., Crowther, C.A., & Middleton, P. (2012). Interventions for pregnant women with hyperglycemia not meeting gestational
diabetes and type 2 diabetes diagnostic criteria. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012(1): 1-43. doi: