Research Methods: Doing a literature review

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Further Reading

Useful books

Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K. (2007) Research Methods in Education, 6th edn. London: Routledge.

Langdridge, D. and Hagger-Johnson, G. (2009) Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology, 2nd edn. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.

Newby, P. (2014) Research Methods for Education, 2nd edn. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.

Orna, E. and Stevens, G. (2009) Managing Information for Research: Practical Help in Researching, Writing and Designing Dissertations. Buckingham: Open University Press. This book provides useful guidance on how to go about writing your literature review.

Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2008) Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide, 2nd edn. Wickham: Pear Tree Books. This book provides extremely useful and comprehensive guidance on how to set out your references.

Ridley, D. (2012) The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students, 2nd edn. London: Sage.

Rumsey,S. (2008) How to Find Information: A Guide for Researchers, 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press. This book provides useful guidance on how to conduct electronic searches.

Web-based resources

The REPOSE Guidelines are designed as a framework to support the reporting of research, but could also be useful in helping you to evaluate the effectiveness of reports

British Education Research Association (BERA) publications

National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) research reports and guides

How to conduct an effective and valid literature search (

Guide to Harvard Referencing (University of Southampton)

How to conduct a systematic or evidence based literature review: Margaret Adolphus

Methods for conducting systematic reviews: EPPI

Creating a literature map: UWE

Using a concept map to organise a literature review using VUE

VUE software download