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A Literature Review is NOT:
So, what is it?
A literature review is when you, the researcher, collect the Top Resources that you consider to be directly related to your research question. You will then take those resources and discuss how each of them supports (or does not support!) your research question, AND each other.
For example, pretend your research question is "Does My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic teach kids positive, helping behavior?" You have three resources: Resource A, Resource B, and Resource C. Let's say that Resource A and Resource C agree that the My Little Pony show teaches kids positive social behaviors, like sharing. But maybe Resource B disagrees slightly, and says that there are some areas of the show that could use improvement. Your literature review should point out what all three resources agree on, and where they disagree (or differ).
You are NOT adding your own opinion! That belongs to a different type of assignment. You're simply summarizing and combining (sometimes called synthesizing) the main points from each resource.
Why is it important?
A literature review is important because it:
The analytical features of a literature review might:
Be sure to check out the Literature Review Template linked below to help you construct and organize your review!