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How to Conduct a Literature Review

Video Recording (from the University of Michigan)

The recording is 56 minutes long and contains a closed caption option.

Whether you’re working on a chapter for your dissertation or a section of a scholarly article, writing literature reviews is tough. But there are some tips that can help you to conduct effective and efficient literature reviews.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine which type of literature review you need to do (scoping review, systematic review, meta-analysis, etc.)
  • Search scholarly databases effectively for literature, including saving searches and setting up alerts
  • Utilize citation management software (Mendeley, EndNote, or Zotero) to keep your literature organized
  • Get personalized assistance from a librarian

Presenter: Joanna Thielen, Engineering Librarian, University of Michigan

Follow along with the GoogleSlide deck

Other Resources



  • Knowledge syntheses: Systematic & Scoping Reviews, and other review types — provides information and resources to learn about the different types of knowledge syntheses (method-driven reviews), such as systematic reviews, scoping reviews, rapid reviews, among others, and the process of conducting them. 
  • Challenges & Solutions in Scoping Reviews video — his recorded webinar discusses challenges of conducting a scoping review (from developing the a priori protocol to finalizing the review report for publication and developing implications or recommendations for research, policy, and practice from the results of the review) and provides solutions that can be implemented by research teams.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Manual for Evidence Synthesis — comprehensive and free online guide that has separate chapters devoted to the synthesis of different types of evidence and to address different types of review questions.


Thanks to Librarian Jamie Niehof at the University of Michigan for providing permission to reuse and remix this Literature Reviews guide.

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Additional Credits

Sources acknowledged in Jamie Niehof's guide:

Conducting Your Literature Review: Concise Guides to Conducting Behavioral, Health, and Social Science Research by Susanne Hempel (2020) 

Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper by Arlene Fink (2020)

Johns Hopkins University Library guide on Write a Literature Review

Some content was modified from an original Literature Reviews for Dissertations guide authored by Lori Tschirhart.