What is a literature review?
Literature review is a generic name that describes published material that examines an area of 'the literature.' A literature review can refer to ... a section in an academic paper, a section in an empirical research article, a chapter in a thesis or dissertation, or a standalone article that reviews published research about a specific problem.
Consider why and for whom you are preparing your review. Depending on your audience and the purpose, literature reviews may have different levels of comprehensiveness. Additionally, literature reviews synthesize selected sources, whereas annotated bibliographies summarize sources.
What purpose does it serve?
What types of sources are included? (check instructor requirements)
See the Selected Reading tab for a list of sources about conducting literature searches and writing literature reviews.
Several discipline-specific journals publish literature review articles. To locate journals in your discipline, use the Online Journals option found on the library homepage to search for the journal title. The resources below can also be used to search for literature review articles.