Literature Review Guidelines

The purpose of writing a literature review is to establish your authority in your research.

Without that established credibility, your research findings are dismissed as nothing but your opinions founded on some basic methodologies.

In the conclusion, you should: Summarize major contributions of significant studies and articles to the body of knowledge under review, maintaining the focus established in the introduction.

Evaluate the current “state of the art” for the body of knowledge reviewed, pointing out major methodological flaws or gaps in research, inconsistencies in theory and findings, and areas or issues pertinent to future study.

The printed copy and publicly accessible web version will be available in October 2019.

The most up-to-date version of the Handbook that is publicly available will continue to be Version 5.1 (updated March 2011) until October 2019.

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official guide that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions.

All authors should consult the Handbook for guidance on the methods used in Cochrane systematic reviews.

Click here to browse Handbook version 5.1 online Version 5.1 can be accessed offline through the Help menu of Cochrane's review production software, Review Manager (Rev Man).

The original book version of the Handbook (published by Wiley-Blackwell in September 2008; ISBN 978-0-470-69951-5) corresponds to Version 5.0.2 and is still available for sale.


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