The literature review is the qualitative summary of evidence on a topic using informal or subjective methods to collect and interpret studies.The literature review can inform a particular research project or can result in a review article publication.
The Writing Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has created a succinct handout that explains what a literature review is and offer insights into the form and construction of a literature review in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, Fifth Edition describes the practical and useful methods for reviewing scientific literature in the health sciences. The goal of this text is to serve as a resource for students who need a practical, step-by-step set of instructions for how to organize, conduct, and write a synthesis of literature on a topic of their choice.
Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review by Andrew Booth; Diana Papaioannou; Anthea Sutton