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There are many types of literature reviews; see "Common Types of Reviews" for their definitions and characteristics. Literature reviews may have differences that include:
The table below will provide summaries, definitions, and examples of common reviews.
|Type of Review||Summary||Definition||Example|
|Scoping Review||How much and what information is out there?||
||Kulawiak, P. R. (2021). Academic benefits of wearing noise-cancelling headphones during class for typically developing students and students with special needs: A scoping review. Cogent Education, (8)1. https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2021.1957530|
|State-of-the-art or science||What is new or current, and to what new points can they lead?||
||Climent, S., Sanchez, A., Capella, J. V., Meratnia, N., & Serrano, J. J. (2014). Underwater acoustic wireless sensor networks: Advances and future trends in physical, MAC and routing layers. Sensors, (14)1: 795-833. https://doi.org/10.3390/s140100795.|
|Narrative Review (also known as Literature Review)||What publications are out there and what are their attributes?||
||Matriniuk, A.L.C., Manoucherhrian, M., Negrin, J.A. & Zwi, A.B. (2012). Brain Gains: A literature review of medical missions to low and middle-income countries. BMC Health Services Research, 12:134. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-134.|
|Systematic Review||What can be summarized from selected multiple studies with pre-established criteria?||
||Lee, N.K., & Rawson, R.A. (2009). A systematic review of cognitive and behavioural therapies for methamphetamine dependence. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27(3): 309-317. https://doi.org/10.1080/09595230801919494.|
|Meta-Analysis||What are the results and conclusions when data from similar studies are analyzed together?||
||Martinez-Gonzalez, N.A., Djalali, S., Tandjung, R., Huber-Geismann, F., Markun, S., Wensing, M., & Roseman, T. (2014). Substitution of physicals by nurses in primary care: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 14:214. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-214.|