Review Articles


Review Articles: A very brief introduction Brought to you by the Allyn and Betty Taylor
Library What is a review article, anyway? It is an attempt to compile, summarize, synthesize,
and evaluate primary research articles on a specific topic. But what does it do? It compiles articles that are a good fit for
the topic. A great review article includes relevant research
from all sides of an issue. It summarizes the research findings. It synthesizes or makes connections between
research articles, notes differences between results, and shows the relationship between
articles. It evaluates gaps in the research and may
also discuss why research results are different. A review article can also guide you to important
published literature on your topic. Why are review articles important and why
might I use them? They provide a great overview of what’s
out there already. They also provide great background information
on a specific topic. They show gaps in research. Connect research from different people and
places and point to important scholars or research on the topic. So review articles can be really helpful. How do I find them? Look for articles with either review or literature
review in the title or abstract. Limit your database search results to review
articles only. Look for articles without a literature review
or a methods section. Most review articles won’t have these because
the review article IS the literature review. Wow, review articles seem like the best thing
out there. Yes, but there are some things you should
keep in mind. Review articles include only the most important
research on a topic, but not all research as with a systematic review. Review articles are considered secondary sources
because they present no original research. If you need primary sources or original research,
review articles might not be for you. Need help finding resources? Ask your librarian.

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