What is a Literature Review?
A literature review (commonly called lit review) is an in-depth critical analysis of published scholarly
research related to a specific topic. The “literature” may refer to journal articles, books, book chapters,
dissertations and theses, or conference proceedings.
What are the criteria of a Literature Review?
● Is organized and related directly to the thesis or research question developed
● Synthesizes results into a summary of what is known (and what is not known on the topic)
● Identifies areas of controversy in the literature
● Formulates questions that need further research
What does a Literature Review do?
Literature Reviews are Important because they...
For the video below - note around 14-minute mark information on subheadings, around 16-minute mark information on bibliography and works cited.