This guide

This guide will help postgraduate students, higher degree research (HDR) candidates and research staff understand the process of conducting and writing a literature review.

It will explain and discuss:

  • the different types of literature reviews;
  • how and where to search for literature;
  • evaluation of sources and critical appraisal of literature;
  • how to manage and analyse your literature

Links to additional resources will be provided for more detailed information.

This guide is not intended for undergraduate students completing assignment tasks. Generally, the literature review required for undergraduate study will not be as comprehensive as the literature review required by researchers and PhD candidates conducting original research.

CSU Thesis guidelines, policies and resources

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CSU Research Office Literature Review guidelines for writing a literature review

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The higher degree by research policy all includes Schedule 3 - Requirements for Thesis

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