A recently published book by Diana Ridley is The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students (London: SAGE, 2008). This is one of the titles in the SAGE Study Skills series.
The Literature Review is a concise step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and writing up the literature review chapter in graduate dissertations and in professional doctorate theses.
Diana Ridley describes how to carry out a literature review in a systematic, methodical way, providing useful strategies for efficient reading, conducting searches, organizing information, and writing the review itself. Examples of best and worst practice drawn from real literature reviews are included throughout to demonstrate how the guidance can be put into practice.
Doctoral candidates working on their literature review will find lots of helpful information in the Doctoral Skills Programme.