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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Literature Reviews in Health Sciences

Overview of types of literature reviews

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Narrative Review

Narrative Review

  • summarizes, synthesizes and critiques the body of literature on a specific issue or topic
  • provides context for research, identifies gaps in the literature, and situates research within an area of study
  • often included with introduction to research study
  • can be publication in its own right, and provides a deeper look at a specific issue or topic
  • Publication does not include methods