What is a Literature Review?
The literature review provides your audience with relevant information about your topic, as well as your synthesis and evaluation of the article. It is not just a summary of the article. It is not possible to provide all of the information on a topic with three or five articles. As you locate articles, determine those that are the most relevant and that give you the most information.
Choose a minimum of three articles. Before you begin, locate other literature reviews in your discipline, such as this article (*requires the barcode from your Lone Star College ID or library card for off-campus access).
There are several steps in writing a literature review:
The following links are excellent guides on writing literature reviews:
Literature reviews are important sources of information in evidence-based practice. The example article provided is also an example of a specific type of literature review - the systematic review. Systematic reviews are valuable in evidence-based practice because they:
Most search tools provide a search filter to make it easy to locate systematic reviews on your topic. This is a useful filter that can provide you with high quality information very quickly. To learn more about how systematic reviews are developed, see "How to conduct a systematic or evidence-based literature review ."
You are not required to conduct a systematic review for this assignment; however, you might want to consider including a systematic review as part of your literature review, if you can find one that fits the criteria and search requirements of your assignment.
Locating literature reviews, in general, and systematic reviews, in particular, is both a time-saver and a method of finding critical evaluations of research.
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