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The Literature Review : A Comprehensive Six Step Guide

person icon Muhammad Shakil Ahmad


The Literature Review : A Comprehensive Six Step Guide

The step-by-step process using an applied critical-thinking model needed to produce a quality literature review

updated on icon Updated on Feb, 2024

language icon Language - English

person icon Muhammad Shakil Ahmad

category icon Teaching & Academics,Research Methods

Lectures -26

Duration -1.5 hours



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Course Description

This course serves as a logical road map to guide the researchers and students from finding a topic to researching, organizing, arguing, and composing the review. This course consists of four steps:

Step 1. Select a Topic — Recognize and Define the Problem

Step 2. Develop the Tools for Argument — Create a Process for Solving the Problem

Step 3. Search the Literature — Collect and Organize the Information

Step 4. Survey the Literature — Discover the Evidence and Build Findings

Step-5. Critique the Literature — Interpret the findings

Step-6.  Write the Review — Communicate and evaluate the conclusions

Along with details of the main concepts, each section contains activities and checklists to master the contents in a professional manner. Creating a successful literature review is a complex project. This course serves as a logical road map to guide the researcher from finding a topic to researching, organizing, arguing, and composing the review. The many and varied skills needed for literature review are sure to be more difficult to employ if learning is confined to trial and error. Here, gathered into one volume, are many of the strategies, tools, and techniques used by experienced researcher’s intent on building a high-quality literature review.

The course is directly aligned and explained using an applied critical-thinking model that demonstrates the logical progression needed to produce a quality literature review, while taking the mystery out of the process. This course is mainly intended for two groups of researchers: those completing master’s theses and those working on doctoral dissertations. For those doing a class research assignment or completing most master’s degree projects, the course will address the type of literature review that summarizes and evaluates the existing knowledge on a particular topic. Some master’s theses, and all doctoral dissertations, require a more sophisticated literature review. This course is also useful for the initial stage of completing a complex literature review, one that requires the student to argue and define a problem needing original research.


What will you learn in this course:

  • The main goal of this online course is to guide students through the process of conducting a literature review for a qualitative research project. The course is divided into several steps, starting with the selection of a topic that aligns with their personal or professional interests. In step 1, students will learn to recognize and define the research problem, in step 2, students will develop the tools for argument, creating a process for solving the problem. In step 3, students will learn to search the literature, collecting and organizing the information. Step 4, students will survey the literature, discovering the evidence and building findings. Step 5, students will critique the literature and interpret the findings, and in step 6, students will learn to write the review and communicate and evaluate the conclusions. Through the course, students will learn the key concepts, techniques, and skills needed to conduct a comprehensive literature review and will be able to successfully apply these skills in their own research projects.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Research Methods Basics
The Literature Review : A Comprehensive Six Step Guide


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Course Introduction
4 Lectures
  • play icon Course Introduction 04:26 04:26
  • play icon Instructor Introduction 02:18 02:18
  • play icon Mindset Personal Dispositions on Thinking 07:12 07:12
  • play icon The Purpose of Literature Review 03:35 03:35
Select a Topic— Recognize and Define the Problem
6 Lectures
Develop the Tools for Argument
8 Lectures
Searching relevant literature
2 Lectures
Survey the Literature
3 Lectures
Critique the Literature
2 Lectures
Write the Review
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Muhammad Shakil Ahmad

Muhammad Shakil Ahmad

Dr. Muhammad Shakil Ahmad is an accomplished academic and researcher in the field of management. With a Ph.D. in Management from the University Technology Malaysia, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in human resource management and project management. Dr. Ahmad's passion for education and research is evident through his extensive teaching experience at prestigious institutions in different universities.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ahmad has made significant contributions to academia. He has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including well-regarded publications such as the Journal of Knowledge Management, Leadership & Organization Development, and the Journal of Intellectual Capital. His research focuses on various areas, including workplace dignity, servant leadership, sustainable healthcare management systems, and organizational sustainability through innovation.

In addition to his teaching and research roles, Dr. Ahmad has held key leadership positions. He served as the In-charge of the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) at COMSATS University Islamabad, where he worked closely with senior management to establish research goals and oversee the development of junior faculty. He has also been actively involved in academic councils and boards, further contributing to the advancement of higher education.

Dr. Ahmad's dedication to research and his ability to secure grants for important projects demonstrate his commitment to making a positive impact in society. He has successfully secured grants from organizations such as the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Oman and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. These grants have supported his research endeavors, including projects focused on economic vision, healthcare management systems, and online learning readiness.

With his extensive academic and professional background, Dr. Muhammad Shakil Ahmad is highly regarded in the field of management. His expertise, research contributions, and leadership experience make him an ideal instructor and mentor for individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in management.


Few of his publications are as follow:

Systematic Literature Reviews:

1. Tariq, S. , Jan, F. A. , Ahmad, M. S. (2016) “Green Employee Empowerment: A Systematic Literature Review on      State-of-art in Green Human Resource Management”, Quality      and Quantity:      International Journal of Methodology, 50(1), 237-269  

2. Ahmad, M. S. (2019) Parenting styles and aggression among young adolescents: a systematic review of literature. Community Mental Health Journal

3.  Ahmad, M. S. (2015), Parenting styles and academic achievement of young adolescents: A systematic literature review, Quantity and Quality

Journal Articles:

Ahmad, M. S. et al. (2020), “Using food choice motives to model Pakistani ethnic food purchase intention among tourists”, British Food Journal, 22(6), 1731-1753

Memon, M., Ting, H. & Ahmad, M. S. (2020) “Performance Appraisal Satisfaction and Turnover Intention: The Mediating Role of Work Engagement”, Management Decision, 58 (6), 1053-1066

Faisal, A., Ahmad, M.S. (2019), “Health Practitioners interaction with Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives: Impact on Prescription Behaviour”, Community Mental Health Journal, 56, 456–463

Cho, K. W., Brower, R., & Ahmad, M. S.      (2018). Factors that Influence County Government Expenditures and      Revenues: A Study of Florida County Governments. Lex localis-Journal of Local Self-Government, 16(1), 47-76.                                                                                                                

Zahid, M. M., Ali, B., Ahmad, M. S.,      Ramayah, T., “Factors Affecting Purchase Intention and Social Media      Publicity of Green Products: The Mediating Role of Concern for      Consequences”, Corporate Social Responsibility      and Environmental Management, 25(3), 225-236                            

Ahmad, M. S., Abu Talib, Noraini (2017), “Barriers to empowerment:    Assessment of community-led local development organizations in Pakistan, Renewable      and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 74, 1361–1370                    

Uzma, T; Ahmad, M.S. (2017) “Impact of      Islamic Work Ethics on organizational Citizenship Behavior among Female  Academic Staff: The mediating role of employee engagement”, Applied Research in Quality      of Life,  12(3),      693-717                                                                      

Wahab, A. , Ahmad, M. S.      (2017), “Student Well-Being in Chinese Adolescents in      Hong Kong: Theory, Intervention and Research”, Applied Research in Quality of Life,  12(3), 761-763

Bhutto, A.W., Ahmad, M. S.      (2017), “Forecasting the consumption of gasoline in transport sector in      Pakistan based on ARIMA model”, Environmental      Progress and Sustainable Energy, 36: 1490–1497                                

Khalid, S., Ahmad, M. S., Jadoon, I. K,      Bilal, S.,Farooq,, N., “Exploring Resources, Life-balance and Wellbeing of      Women who work in a Global Context, Applied Research in Quality of Life,       12 (4), 1029-1031                                        

Ahmad, M. S., Abu Talib, Noraini (2016), “Analysis of community empowerment on projects sustainability: Moderating role of sense of community”, Social Indicators Research, 129 (3), 10391056                                                                                           9. 

Ahmad, R., Azmi, N., Ahmad, M. S.      (2016), “Effect of Multidimensional Top Management Support on Project      Success: An Empirical investigation”, Quality and      Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 50(1), 151-176                                                               

Masud, Hamid, Ahmad,      M. S., Jan, F. A. ,      Jamil., A. (2016) “Relationship between parenting styles and academic      performance of adolescents: mediating role of self-efficacy.” Asia      Pacific Education Review, 17, 121-131                                                                                                                

He is also member of several societies and associations of worldwide repute including; American Society of Public Administration (ASPA); Community of Inquiry Framework, University of Calgary, Canada;  Associate Regional Director at International Institute of Marketing Professionals, Canada.  

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