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O T 204: Occupational Therapy for Behavioral Health

Tammy Divens

Literature Review Basics

The “literature” represents an on-going scholarly conversation. A literature review “re-views” – looks again – at what others have said, done, found in a particular area. 

A literature review asks: What do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?

How well you answer this question depends upon:

  1. the effectiveness of your search for information
  2. the quality & reliability of the sources you choose
  3. your ability to synthesize the sources you select

It doesn't matter how many articles you need to find, it's that you are picking QUALITY articles that can help you understand the context of the issue.


Based on information found from the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries page on Literature Reviews

Research Articles

Behavioral Health Databases