Literature Review

Reviewing the Literature: Why do it?

  • Personal: To familiarize yourself with a new area of research, to get an overview of a topic, so you don't want to miss something important, etc.
  • Required writing for a journal article, thesis or dissertation, grant application, etc.

Literature reviews vary; there are many ways to write a literature review based on discipline, material type, and other factors.


Where to get help (there are lots of websites, blogs, articles, and books on this topic):

READ related material and pay attention to how others write their literature reviews:

  • Dissertations
  • Journal articles
  • Grant proposals