Your professor may ask you to write a literature review instead of a standard research paper. Learn all about literature reviews in this guide, and where to go for more help.
Instead, the reviewer details what is already known by discussing trends found in the literature, identifying gaps or inconsistencies in the research, and may even draw conclusions about a subject based on the research presented in the literature. View the below sources to learn more:
Researchers can use literature reviews to keep up-to-date, and find out what has already been investigated in their field of study. By knowing what has been investigated, researchers can build upon the existing body of research instead of duplicating experiments conducted by other scholars. Learn more by clicking on the below resources:
Now that you know all about literature reviews, let's take a look at a few examples:
Libraries of Adelphi University. (2015). Conducting a literature review in education and the behavioral sciences. Retrieved from https://libraries.adelphi.edu/research/tutorials/EdLitReview/content/module1/
Libncsu. (2015, July 30). Literature reviews: An overview for graduate students. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/t2d7y_r65HU
University of North Carolina. (2014). The writing center: Literature reviews. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-reviews/