A literature review is one of the first things done by any student or scholar who plans to pursue new knowledge or do research in most subject areas. It involves identifying, locating, and examining information and publications on a particular topic.
Here are the reasons for doing a literature review:
A literature review is not:
A literature review allows a student or scholar to integrate and synthesize information on a topic and use it to create new knowledge.
Start a literature review by using the FAU Libraries' indexes and databases (FAUNet log-in required for searching from off campus), and become familiar with the ones used within your field or discipline. In addition, distinguish the various types of publications that can be found in a literature review.
Use a literature review matrix to list and evaluate sources of interest.
In this video, a professor explains the role of the literature review in his research.
North Carolina State University Libraries (2009). Literature reviews: An overview for graduate students [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/t2d7y_r65HU