How to write a literature review
Start by determining the purpose of the Literature review
Just like any other form of academic essays, a literature review needs a purpose and you should plan in advance to get it right.
Part is to determine the main focus of your review or the purpose.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is the topic or subject matter of the review?
- What is the research problem, gaps or questions? In other words what are you after?
- What is the marking/ grading or publishing criteria?
Conduct an extensive and comprehensive literature search
The idea here is to understand previous research findings.
Regarding the question “What kind of literature should I review,” – Experts agree that you should select a wide variety of scholarly or academic sources that are;
Here are the type of sources you should consider for your literature review:
- journal articles
- Government documents
- Conference proceedings
- Web resources.
Your school library is an excellent place to look for sources.