A literature review is a survey of everything that has been written about a particular topic, theory, or research question. It may provide the background for larger work, or it may stand on its own. Much more than a simple list of sources, an effective literature review analyzes and synthesizes information about key themes or issues.
Literature Reviews can usually be organized chronologically (from oldest to most recent) OR topically (grouping studies by subject or theme).
From the Centre for Teaching and Learning's "Writing a Literature Review" - University of Toronto Scarborough - Written by Allyson Skene
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