Health Sciences: Literature review

Guide to resources for assessment tasks in health issues, health education and public health

Writing literature reviews

Information available online:

The Research and Learning Online website includes the following information on Writing literature reviews:

  • why do you need to review the literature?
  • what are the examiners looking for?
  • introductions and conclusions
  • giving reader directions
  • citing previous research
  • signalling your position
  • active or passive voice
  • useful references

Learning Skills Advisers:

Learning skills advisers can provide assistance regarding the processes of preparing a literature review.

Contact your adviser to make an appointment.


Librarians can help you to create an effective search strategy for your literature review, and can advise you on the best techniques for searching online databases and other sources to locate information.

Get in touch with a Health Sciences contact librarian to make an appointment.

Researching for your literature review Library guide

View the Library's new Researching for your literature review library guide for a comprehensive guide to creating your literature review and how to search effectively.

Literature review books