VCU University College Writing Center Many patrons who find this guide have experience with research.
Some people, though, find it when they are just starting out as students at VCU.
Students often underestimate the importance of literature review.
Let’s figure it out together, why do we need to write a literature review!
A literature review is a critical analysis of published sources, or literature, on a particular topic.
It is an assessment of the literature and provides a summary, classification, comparison and evaluation.Hence, literature review is a way to narrow your topic and identify worth-to-be-researched ideas.The last but not the least – it gives you an opportunity to find «gaps» of a research topic.The literature review is generally in the format of a standard essay made up of three components: an introduction, a body and a conclusion.It is not a list like an annotated bibliography in which a summary of each source is listed one by one.Doing a literature review requires studying various issues of the topic.It will help you to identify aspects of the area of a research that will be included into your paper.If that describes you, the following guides may be helpful.Literature review is always a part of the student’s educational process.You will need to critically analyse each source for how they contribute to the themes you are researching.As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way.