You are here:

Writing Integrative Reviews of the Literature: Methods and Purposes

, Department of Educational Administration, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, United States

IJAVET Volume 7, Number 3, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global


This article discusses the integrative review of the literature as a distinctive form of research that uses existing literature to create new knowledge. As an expansion and update of a previously published article on this topic, it acknowledges the growth and appeal of this form of research to scholars, it identifies the main components of the integrative literature review, and summarizes guidelines for organizing and writing integrative literature reviews. Not addressed elsewhere in the literature, this article describes five reasons and purposes for writing literature reviews and discusses these purposes in relation to the methods for writing literature reviews. The article concludes that aligning the integrative literature review's methods with its purpose provides unity and coherence to the review.


Torraco, R. (2016). Writing Integrative Reviews of the Literature: Methods and Purposes. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 7(3), 62-70. IGI Global. Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .