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What is a Literature Review?
Literature Review LibGuide
Elements in a Literature Review
Process of a Literature Review
The process of writing a literature review is not necessarily a linear process, you will often have to loop back and refine your topic, try new searches and altar your plans. The info graphic above illustrates this process. It also reminds you to continually keep track of your research by citing sources and creating a bibliography.
- Topic - Decide on a research topic or question. The formulation of a thesis will help get your process started. This may have to be revisited as you work on your research.
- Know what the review is for; each assignment will offer the purpose for the review. For example, is it for “background”, or a “pro and con discussion”, "integration", “summarizing”, etc.
- Create a “search plan”, decide where you will search for information, what type of information you will need.
- Research - Preform Searches; choose sources and collect information to use in your paper. Make sure you cite the sources used.
- Think - Analyze information in a systematic manner and begin your literature review (e.g., summarize, synthesize, etc.). Make sure you cite the sources used.
- Complete - Write your paper, proof & revise and create your finished bibliography.
Help from Other Universities
Help and tips in writing a Review of Literature