Module 1: Types of Reviews

Introduction to Module 1

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In this module, we will go over the different types of academic reviews and a quick overview of the steps involved in conducting them. If you are unsure about which review to choose for your own work this module will help you understand the difference between each review and help you make an informed decision.

If you know which review you will be conducting feel free to skip to relevant sections that will answer any questions you might have.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between the different characteristics of reviews so you can make an informed decision when choosing the appropriate review to meet your scholarly requirements.
  2. Describe the steps involved in conducting your review
  3. Locate existing reviews and analyze how these reviews will apply to your research.


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Advanced Research Skills: Conducting Literature and Systematic Reviews Copyright © 2021 by Kelly Dermody; Cecile Farnum; Daniel Jakubek; Jo-Anne Petropoulos; Jane Schmidt; and Reece Steinberg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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