If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail hrallis d. Last updated: April 19, [Note: For these guidelines, in some sections I have quoted directly some of the the steps from: Galvan, J. Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the behavioral sciences 3rd ed. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing. A literature review is not an annotated bibliography in which you summarize briefly each article that you have reviewed. While a summary of the what you have read is contained within the literature review, it goes well beyond merely summarizing professional literature.
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A literature review is an academic survey of journal articles, thesis, dissertations, or books related to a specific issue, an area of study, or concept. The literature review provides a narrative, summary, or critical assessment pertaining to that particular academic source. What is a literature review? If you have to write an undergraduate dissertation, you may be required to begin by writing a literature review. A literature review is a search and evaluation of the available literature on your given subject or chosen topic area.
In college, there are two types of reviews you might be told to write:. A stand-alone assignment in a course as part of their training in research processes in your discipline. One approach to understanding the two types above is by going through already published reviews or the initial chapters of theses in your field. Examine the structure of their arguments and take note of the manner in which issues are addressed. It offers an excellent basis for researchers starting to research a new area by forcing them to summarize, examine, and compare original research in that particular area.