Writing a Systematic Literature Review


LO 1: To provide basic guidance for a systematic review of the literature;

LO 2: To appraise the quality of the research evidence;

LO 3: To identify research gaps and priorities;

LO 4: To shape the Ph.D. research project and inform the research plan.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Christy Cheung


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Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English





  • Cooper, H., & Hedges, L. V. (2009). Research synthesis as a scientific process. In H. Cooper, L. V. Hedges, & J. C. Valentine (Eds.) The handbook of research synthesis and meta-analysis (pp. 3-17). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Fink, A. (2010). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Other readings will be provided by the lecturer

Teaching method

The curricular unit is based mainly on theoretical lectures. The instructional strategies include slide show presentation of concepts and step-by-step demonstration, supplemented with in-class discussions and exercises.

Evaluation method


In-class exercises (30%)

Final write-up (70%)

Subject matter

The curricular unit is organized in seven Learning Units (LU):

LU1 Different types of literature review

LU2 Steps in doing literature search and review

LU3 Conducting in-depth article analyses

LU4 Writing a literature review article