Q. What is a literature review?
A literature review is a summary of the current status of scholarly research on a given topic. Literature reviews synthesize perspectives, methodologies, and findings in a way that helps the reader gain a sense of the current scholarly environment, such as adopted concepts versus those that are being disputed or in need of exploration. By aggregating key literature and providing a "big picture" analysis, literature reviews can be an excellent resource for familiarizing oneself to a new topic or to identify opportunities for new research.
Visit the library's guide to literature reviews for more information.