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Literature reviews

Planning your search strategy and how to find, store, organise, evaluate and critique information for your literature review.

Evaluate the information you have found

When conducting your searches you may find many references that will not be suitable to use in your literature review.

  1. Skim through the resource - a quick read through the table of contents, the introductory paragraph or the abstract should indicate whether you need to read further or whether you can immediately discard the result.
  2. Evaluate the quality and reliability of the references you find - our page on evaluating information outlines what you need to consider when evaluating the books, journal articles, news and websites you find to ensure they are suitable for use in your literature review.

Critique the literature

Critiquing the literature involves looking at the strength and weaknesses of the paper and evaluating the statements made by the author/s.

Books and resources on reading critically