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HNRS 1500: Introduction to Research: An Interdisciplinary Perspective: What is Literature Review

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review discusses and evaluates scholarly information published in articles, books, and other resources in a specific subject. It describes, summarizes, and critically evaluates the publications to situate the current study within the body of literature. 

A literature review:

  • Explains the context of the research
  • Demonstrates you are knowledgeable about the literature and can evaluate it
  • Discusses the historical and current literature in an specific topic
  • Helps defining the scope of research
  • Describes the relationship of each work to the others

A literature review is NOT:

  • Summary of other resources
  • Descriptive list
  • Annotated bibliography 

UNT Libraries Resources on Lit Review

How can I find examples?

Reading some literature reviews in your field of study will help you to become familiar with the structure, style, and evaluation strategy. There are couple of ways that you can find literature reviews:

  1. Search for the scholarly (peer reviewed) articles in databases such as Academic Search Complete. Try “Your Topic” AND “Literature Review”.
  2. Search the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Literature review is a requirement for dissertation and thesis so just search any topic of your interest.

Online Resources on Lit Review

You may also want to consult these online resources about literature review:

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