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Benefits you can count on...

  • Get real skills

    This course has been designed to give you real skills. Each lesson has been carefully planned to build your set of capabilities, one step at a time. Think of this course as an investment in yourself.

  • Progress your career

    Get excited about taking the next step in your career. You’ll get a certificate at the end of this course that highlights your new skill set and your ability to add value in a professional setting.

  • Enjoy learning

    You’ll love the teaching style used in this course. Learning should be fun and engaging. You’ll really enjoy those “Aha!” moments when it all comes together for you.

Course Curriculum

This course will walk you through a structured and logical process for writing an excellent literature review. You'll learn how to plan and execute a search of electronic databases, how to extract data, write the review itself, and how to include a perfectly formatted bibliography for your literature review.

  • 01


    • Introduction

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  • 02

    Welcome to How to Do a Literature Review!

    • How to Navigate the Course

  • 03

    What is a Literature Review?

  • 04

    Planning Your Literature Review

    • Planning Your Literature Review

  • 05

    Searching Databases and Selecting Papers

    • Boolean Operators - Up to 4K

    • Searching PubMed using Boolean Operators and MeSH Terms

    • PubMed - Extra Tips and Tricks

    • Selecting Papers

    • Databases to Search

    • PRISMA 2009 Flow Diagram

  • 06

    Extracting and Organising Your Data

    • Extracting Data and Information from Papers

  • 07

    Writing the Literature Review

    • Writing the Literature Review

  • 08

    Managing References and Creating a Bibliography

    • Using EndNote to Manage Your References and "Cite While You Write"

    • Reference Management Software

  • 09

    Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis

    • Systematic review and meta-analysis

    • Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis

    • Resources for Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis

    • PRISMA-P 2015 Checklist

    • Standards for Systematic Review 2010 Insert

    • PRISMA-P EandE - Shamseer BMJ Jan 2015

  • 10

    Additional Resources

    • How to do a Critical Literature Review

    • Example 1

    • Example 2

    • Example 3

    • Example 4

    • Example 5

    • Example 6

    • Example 7

    • Example 8

  • 11

    Quiz and survey

    • Review Quiz

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You'll also learn about Systematic Literature Reviews and Meta-Analysis and be provided with all of the additional resources you need to get going on your literature review project.


Dr Greg Martin is a medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health and an MBA degree. His professional experience includes working as the Head of Science and Research at the World Cancer Research Fund and the Director of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Globalization and Health. 

Greg Martin