What is a review of the literature?

Do you have an assignment where you need to complete a literature review on a topic but are not sure what literature reviews are or how to find them?

A literature review examines the significant works (books, scholarly articles, dissertations, and other works) on a particular issue, area of research, or theory and provides a critical evaluation or analysis of each work in relation to the problem or topic being investigated.

To learn more about literature reviews and the specific search techniques to use within a particular database to find them, see the Library How-to Guide entitled Literature Reviews.

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