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Literature Review How To

This guide aims to assist you with the process of writing a literature review.

Introduction

Introduction

The aim of this guide is to help you with useful tips on how to write a literature review and provide you with information on things you should and should not do.

Remember, always ask your professor about format related issues!

To navigate through the guide use the tabs on the left-hand side. 

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review provides your reader with an account of what has been published on a specific topic or subject by experts, scholars and researchers in the field/discipline. You might be asked to write a literature review as a separate assignment, but in most cases it functions as a part of the introduction to an essay, research report or thesis.

When writing a literature review, your aim is to inform the reader about what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic or subject and what their strengths and weaknesses are. The literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis).

Remember! It is NOT just a descriptive list of the resources available, or a set of summaries.