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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 75-79

Designing the literature review: Historical, narrative, theoretical, integrative, and scoping reviews


Professor, College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sheela Durai
College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_51_21

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The design of a literature review can be considered as the blueprint of the review which can determine the quality of the review. The need for bringing together different pieces of information and research results together in one place gave rise to the concept of literature review. Over the years, different designs of literature review developed based on various factors. These factors which determine the design of review are the goal of the review, the comprehensiveness required and the rigor involved in the review. This article describes five of the reviews, namely historical, narrative, theoretical, integrative and scoping reviews. An attempt is made to summarise the purposes, the steps in the process of reviewing, the limitations as well as methods, if any, to overcome those limitations. It is hoped that an understanding regarding these designs will enable the nursing scholar to choose the design best suited to the aim of the literature review.


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