Literature Review

The Literature Review

Your literature review may be a whole paper, or it may be one part of a larger whole.

Generally, compiling a review of the literature begins by defining a narrow topic and collecting all of the relevant literature, or sources, on that topic.

In writing about your sources, you might:

  • observe trends and themes;
  • draw conclusions;
  • consider and discuss larger issues, not the details of a specific article, except to the extent that you compare and contrast articles and describe their similarities and differences; and look for problems and their solutions.

A literature review is an assignment that involves a lot of thinking and considering. Thinking and considering take time. A good literature review uses the best articles, and this limitation also requires time. The best advice is START EARLY!


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Websites on Literature Reviews

SUNY Poly Books on Literature Reviews

SUNY Poly Library Databases

Psycinfo--Extensive representation of Psychology related literature.


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