What is a Literature Review?
- A literature review is both a summary and analysis of the relevant, available research and non research on a specific topic. Knowledge gaps, or gaps in the research could not be identified without a review!
- A review summarizes and critiques a body of literature and draws conclusions about the topic, it is not an annotated bibliography and it does not present new data but the findings from previous research.
- Provides the reader with comprehensive background for understanding current knowledge of a topic.
- Inspires research ideas by identifying gaps or inconsistencies and helps avoid research duplication.
- Provides a constructive analysis.