Literature Review

A comprehensive search of the literature must be performed using health sciences databases including the Cochrane Library, PubMed or OVID Medline and Embase.

Consult the Health and Medical Sciences databases page for additional resources.

Other tools of interest are the

Research Skills and Database Guides

Databases Online Tutorials (Cochrane Library, PubMed or OVID Medline, Embase)

Document delivery service

Also check out:

ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication .

Ridley, Diana. (2008). The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students. London ; Thousand Oaks.

Garrard, Judith. (2007). Health sciences literature review made easy : the matrix method. Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Steward, Barbara. (2004). Writing a Literature Review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 67 (11), 495-500.

Hamilton, Helen and Clare, Judith. (2004). Reviewing the literature: making 'the literature' work for you. Collegian, 11 (1), 8-11.

The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It from the University of Toronto


Reference Styles will need to be discussed with your supervisor to decide on what referencing style you will use to present your thesis. Consult the UQ Library Style Guides for more information.

Endnote referencing software is provided by the UQ Library to insert in-text references and build your bibliography. For more information consult the UQ Library Endnote page.

Further Assistance

For assistance with borrowing, literature searching, referencing or writing up your research contact your   

Also see Services for Coursework Postgraduates

Methodology and Statistics

Polgar, Stephen [2008]. Introduction to research in the health sciences . Edinburgh ; New York : Elsevier.

Winch, Sarah; Henderson, Amanda; and Shields, Linda (2008). Doing clinical healthcare research : a survival guide . Basingstoke ; New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Bryman, Alan (2008). Social research methods. Oxford ; New York, Oxford University Press.

Creswell, John W. and Vicki L. Plano Clark (2007). Designing and conducting mixed methods research. Thousand Oaks, Calif., SAGE Publications.

Bowling, Ann and Ebrahim, Shah (2005). Handbook of health research methods : investigation, measurement and analysis. Maidenhead, Open University Press.

Machin, David and Campbell, Michael (2005). Design of studies for medical research. New York : Wiley.

Introductory Data Evaluation and Statistics (IDEAS). IDEAS is a suite of online modules which cover the most important ideas in statistics for students and professionals in the health sciences. UQ log in is required.

Writing up Research

The following are good resources to help with writing up research

First Thoughts to Finished Writing (UQ Phd Guide)

Brause, Rita S. (2000). Writing your doctoral dissertation : invisible rules for success. London ; New York, Falmer Press.

Young, Pat (1996). The art and science of writing : a handbook for health science students. London, Chapman & Hall.

Chinneck, John W. How to organise your thesis.

Clare, Judith and Hamilton, Helen (eds). (2003). Writing research : transforming data into text. Edinburgh ; New York : Churchill Livingstone.


SPSS - check with the School of Medicine on the availability of SPSS.

SAS ( Statistical Analysis Software) is available to all students for use on their personal computers.

Students need to fill out the SAS home use form for students which they can access from They can take the form in to the St Lucia ITS service desk, at UQConnect in the Student Union Building.

The installation media costs $25. Alternatively, fax the form to (07) 3346 9015. Make sure you include a contact phone number on the form, and someone will be in touch to organise payment, and delivery of the disk. Once the completed form is received, students will be provided with the licence file for the software.

SAS Support

Der, Geoff and B. S. Everitt (2002). A handbook of statistical analyses using SAS. Boca Raton, Fla., Chapman & Hall/CRC.

McDaniel, Stephen and Chris Hemedinger (2007). SAS for dummies. Hoboken, N.J., Wiley.

University of Massachusetts SAS Online Tutorial

University of York Psychology SAS Page

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) SAS Guide


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