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Conducting a literature review

Jennifer Rowley (School for Business and Regional Development, University of Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG.
Frances Slack (School of Computing and Management Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S11 1WB.

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



This article offers support and guidance for students undertaking a literature review as part of their dissertation during an undergraduate or Masters course. A literature review is a summary of a subject field that supports the identification of specific research questions. A literature review needs to draw on and evaluate a range of different types of sources including academic and professional journal articles, books, and web‐based resources. The literature search helps in the identification and location of relevant documents and other sources. Search engines can be used to search web resources and bibliographic databases. Conceptual frameworks can be a useful tool in developing an understanding of a subject area. Creating the literature review involves the stages of: scanning, making notes, structuring the literature review, writing the literature review, and building a bibliography.



Rowley, J. and Slack, F. (2004), "Conducting a literature review", Management Research News, Vol. 27 No. 6, pp. 31-39.



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