Review: Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (2nd Ed.), by A. Booth, A. Sutton and D. Papaioannou

There is a need for a quality interactive text to help structure literature reviews and provide guidance for students and researchers. This is such a text. As part of the researcher ‘toolkit’ this book will prove beneficial to students, researchers, teachers of research, and research supervisors, but I would suggest it is targeted at more experienced researchers, due to the nature and broad number of techniques it covers, so readers will need to choose which are relevant to their particular purpose. There is also an interactive companion website which provides activities and information making at least some of the package usable for undergraduate researchers but they will have to be discerning in its use or face being overwhelmed. The author comments that the book aims at giving researchers the ability to do a systematic literature review rather than a standardised one and this recognition, that reviews are often very specific to the researcher, is important. The book is sectional in nature with each chapter dealing with specific aspects of the literature review and owes many of its techniques to project management.


Gazdula, J. (2017) Review of Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (2nd Ed.), by A. Booth, A. Sutton and D. Papaioannou. Educationalfutures, [online] Vol. 2(8), pp. 94-95. Available at:

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