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Graduate Student Guide to Schumann Library

Why do a literature review?

  • Help explain and understand the research on a topic
  • Show why a topic is important
  • Help focus your research questions
  • Identify major themes
  • Assess current state of research
  • Identify experts
  • Identify areas for further research
  • Create solid foundation of knowledge in the area 

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a critical evaluation of the scholarly research on a topic. A literature review gives the reader an overview of sources.  These sources include the literature/scholarship/research in any given field.  

Check out this short video created by NCSU Libraries for an introduction to literature review.  



Literature Review: Guides and Tips