A literature review is an analytical summary of the research literature on a specific topic. It involves literature searching and critical appraisal of individual studies before writing the review.
It is usually written as part of a thesis or a research article that is being submitted to a journal for publication, and provides a rationale for your research in terms of what has gone before, a justification of its value and significance.
Why write a Literature Review?
Writing a literature review is a great way of sharing your knowledge with other professionals.
Traditional or narrative literature review
Systematic literature review
(Source - University of Toledo)
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It is good practice to keep a record of your search results, methodology and strategy.
Citation Managers - tracks sources and formats bibliographies as well as downloads citations from library catalogs and databases.
Citation Generators - formats your source in your chosen referencing style.
See our Referencing help guide.