The literature review is defined by a guiding concept - your thesis or research question! It is not simply a list of summaries or the literature in your field. It serves several purposes:
One of the best ways to get started is to read a completed thesis or dissertation from your department.
Each department has its own unique expectations for the literature review. Make sure you're on the right track by doing some background work.
- In a thesis or dissertation only
- In a journal article
- In a grant proposal