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Graduate Student Library Resources and Services: About Literature Research

Guide to Literature Review

A literature review is an evaluative report of information found in the literature related to your selected area of study.  The review should describe, summarize, evaluate and clarify this literature.  It should give a theoretical base for the research and help you (the author) determine the nature of your research. Works which are irrelevant should be discarded and those which are peripheral should be looked at critically.

The video playlist from Scribbr covers all the aspects of creating a literature review with helpful guides on research and structure. In total, the videos run for around 30 mins.



Article: A written piece on a specific topic found in a journal, periodical, magazine, or newspaper

Peer Reviewed Process: When an article is submitted to a scholarly journal, it is evaluated by experts in the field who examine the article's originality, quality of research, clarity of presentation, etc. and determine if the article falls within the scope of the publication. Also known as refereed, scholarly or academic.