This is a brief introduction on how to write a literature review. If you need a refresher, or want to tips, use this guide to help you get started.
If your professor has assigned a literature review, refer to the syllabus to ensure your review meets their requirements. This is simply a general guide designed to help you with the basics.
A Literature Review is a select list of available resources covering the topic in question accompanied by a short description AND a critical comparative evaluation/analysis of the works included http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/litreviews/whatis.html
Literature: a collection of materials on your topic. (does not mean “literature” in the sense of “language and literature” (To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, etc.) —means understanding the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary literature Primary—peer reviewed, scholarly, original, review articles—secondary
Review: to look again at what has been written. (does not mean giving your personal opinion or whether or not you liked the sources.)
Research: re search –to search again.
What is the purpose of a Literature Review? Why do people develop them?
How is a Literature Review organized? How do I do a Literature Review?
Do not use materials from the Internet unless it is a professional, peer reviewed scientific journal. Ask a librarian or your professor to be sure if items from the Internet are valid and meet scholarly criteria if you have questions or doubts.
What do Librarians have to do with it? Librarians are available for assistance:
This video produced by SJSU explains important research and organizational principles that will help you in thinking about your critical approaches papers.