academic literature review
whether stand-alone or part of a paper, study, or project academic literature review requires accuracy, quality resources, objectivity, thoroughness, and quality analysis but unlike other two types of literature review, the academic review requires a depth the others do not.
academic sources not popular should be used and summary and synthesis of sources usually within a conceptual framework
applied literature review
used mostly in business, government and other professional environments; applied literature reviews are more fact-finding exercises used to look at marketability and profitability, they look at change and value objectivity and accuracy in the similar project and programs
simple literature review
a simple literature review is the simple overview of the topic not necessarily purely academic in scope and often uses popular sources (although popular sources are noted so their weight and value can be judged). this review is often just the start of the research process.