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Literature Review: Purpose of a Literature Review
Learning to Write a Systematic Review of Literature
Identify areas of prior scholarship to prevent duplication and give credit to other researchers
Identify inconstancies: gaps in research, conflicts in previous studies, open questions left from other research
Identify need for additional research (justifying your research)
Identify the relationship of works in context of its contribution to the topic and to other works
Place your own research within the context of existing literature making a case for why further study is needed.
Videos & Tutorials
VIDEO: What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to "review" the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process. This video is published under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA US license. License, credits, and contact information can be found here: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/litreview/