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How to Write a Literature Review

A self-guided tutorial that walks you through the process of conducting a Literature Review.

What's a Literature Review?

What's a Literature Review? 

A literature review (or "lit review," for short) is an in-depth critical analysis of published scholarly research related to a specific topic. Published scholarly research (aka, "the literature") may include journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations and thesis, or conference proceedings. 

A solid lit review must:

  • be organized around and related directly to the thesis or research question you're developing
  • synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known
  • identify areas of controversy in the literature
  • formulate questions that need further research
View the video for a brief explanation of lit reviews. 
(It's not just for grad students!)