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Literature Reviews

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review discusses the literature published on a particular topic and combines both summary and synthesis. You might create a literature review to:

  • demonstrate the ability to find, analyze, and synthesize literature in a specific field
  • convey the importance or significance of a research question or topic
  • identify what is known or not known about a research question or topic
  • provide background or context for a research question or topic

The literature review process includes the following steps (also reflected in the tabs on the left). Some steps may need to be revisited once the research and writing process begins. 

Literature Review Examples:

Literature Review Resources:

Credit

Thanks to Christina Sheley, Business/SPEA Librarian, for permission to adapt her original guide.

Some ideas in the guide were also derived from the following sources: