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Writing 100 (Block 2020): Literature Reviews

2 Types of Scholarly Articles

scholarly articles

Review Article Definition & Examples

Review articles summarize or synthesize content from earlier published research and are useful for surveying the literature on a specific research area.  Review articles can lead you to original research articles.

Wall, D. (2016). Kin Recognition in Bacteria. Annual Review of Microbiology, 70(1), 143–160.

Mora-Ripoll, R. (2011). Potential health benefits of simulated laughter: A narrative review of the literature and recommendations for future research. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 19(3), 170–177.


Locating an in-depth review related to your topic of interest, can be a good first step to finding relevant information.  Look for literature reviews limiters in various databases, especially in science related databases.

In humanities database, reviews normally refer to the review of a book, play, or event and are not the same as a literature review