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EES1100 Master of Environmental Science Resource Guide

This guide will help Master of Environmental Students at UTSC access key resources for research, learn about publishing and scholarly communication, prepare for internship, and more.

What is a Literature Review?

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).

Why write a Literature Review?

  1. To discover what has been written about a topic already
  2. To determine what each source contributes to the topic
  3. To understand the relationship between the various contributions, identify and (if possible) resolve contradictions, and determine gaps or unanswered questions.

Assignment Planner

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Use the UTSC Assignment Planner to plan your work by breaking down your assignment into manageable steps and suggested deadlines.

Select "Literature Review" as the assignment type.

Other Different Types of Reviews