What is a Literature Review?
A literature review surveys scholarly articles, books, dissertations, conference proceedings and other resources which are relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory and provides context for a dissertation by identifying past research. Research tells a story and the existing literature helps us identify where we are in the story currently. It is up to those writing a dissertation to continue that story with new research and new perspectives but they must first be familiar with the story before they can more forward.
Purpose of a Literature Review
Based on the Literature Review LibGuide developed at the University of Michigan Library by Ye Li, Lori Tschirhart and Sue Wortman