In this module, we have reviewed:
A literature review is a text that provides an overview of the literature associated with a specific topic or research question. A literature review can form a section of a dissertation or research report, or it can stand alone as a journal article or book chapter.
A literature review:
For you as the writer, the literature review provides a map of the theory and research related to your chosen subject of study. For the reader, the literature review can reveal your rationale for pursuing your line of inquiry.
Writing a literature review involves the following steps: