How to do (or not to do) a critical literature review


  • Jill Jesson Policy Studies & Services Management, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
  • Fiona Lacey Pharmacy Practice Group, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK


Critical literature review, postgraduate studies, systematic review, literature search


More and more students are required to perform a critical literature review as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. Whilst most of the latest research methods textbooks advise how to do a literature search, very few cover the literature review. This paper covers two types of review: a critical literature review and a systematic review.


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Jesson, J., & Lacey, F. (2018). How to do (or not to do) a critical literature review. Pharmacy Education, 6(2). Retrieved from



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