The link below is from the University of Toronto and they have some good tips. It's worth reading.
Have a look at the Final Notes, near the bottom of the page, for tips on writing a literature review and a reminder that it is not a list of your sources, but a discussion of the contents.
A Literature Review provides a reader with knowledge and ideas that are established on a topic. Strengths and weaknesses should be discussed. The idea is to summarize and synthesize the arguments and ideas of others, not merely to provide a list of statements about the peer-reviewed articles you have read.
- argue for a particular perspective
- pay attention to the types of sources
- limit the number of quotations to the minimum
- keep your own voice when writing
- if you paraphrase, give credit
- limit to a time period if you are requested to do so
- use only sources stipulated by your instructor
You want to show the connections between the ideas in your sources. When you interpret information from your sources, include evidence to show that what you are saying is valid. It’s useful to review the bibliography or reference section of a source such as a journal article, for further sources.
Some of the databases provide a reference list at the end of articles that are linkable. Depending on the database, you may view the citations from the abstract or at the end of the article itself. If UCF provides access to an article in the reference section, you may be able to click on the hyperlink and view the article. If not, follow the directions given in the library module for locating the full text from a citation.
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