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Writing a Literature Review: Select a Topic

Help guide to literature review writing


Selecting a Topic

Ideas for literature review topics come from a number of sources - such as interest in a particular area of work, by discussing issues with peers and by reading the literature. 

Choose a topic you are interested in and one that has been researched by others so you have articles to review.

When thinking about a topic, it is important to consider the following: 

  • What are your interests and will this interest be maintained for the duration of the research?
  • Who will be interested in this research?
  • Is the scope wide enough to be able to ascertain a particular niche?
  • Is the scope so broad that it will lose direction?

Explore these titles for more information

Doing a Literature Review
Doing a literature review in health and social care : a practical guide
Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches
Understanding nursing research : building an evidence-based practice
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Piecing together systematic reviews and other evidence syntheses : a guide for librarians
Systematic reviews in health care : meta-analysis in context
Writing for publication in nursing

Library Services Support

NT Health Librarians can assist you with:

  • Developing or refining your topic
  • Identifying existing literature on a topic
  • Recommend appropriate research databases to search
  • Review search strategies to ensure relevant studies are identified
  • Advice or reference management strategy
  • Advice on locating the fulltext (PDFs) of article

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