Review articles are full-length articles that summarize or review multiple articles, books, studies, or other types of information. There are many types of review articles. Each type of review article is created using different processes including:
what information to summarize
how to find the information to summarize
the breadth and depth of the summary
the number of authors involved
The processes used to create the review affect the validity of the review. See the table below comparing processes and uses for literature reviews and systematic reviews.
This guide covers understanding and creating systematic reviews and literature reviews (both manuscript-length literature reviews and paragraph-length literature reviews) and brief information about other review types.