Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016     Views: 609

"A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period.

A literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant." Source:

The library has several books and ebooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about writing literature reviews. Additionally, check out the web resources and video below or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) and Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for assistance writing literature reviews.

Helpful Books from the Library:

 Succeeding with Your Literature Review Book Cover

Succeeding with Your Literature Review by Paul Oliver
Call Number: [electronic resource]
ISBN: 9780335243686
Publication Date: 2012-02-01

 The Literature Review Book Cover

The Literature Review by Lawrence A. Machi; Brenda T. McEvoy
Call Number: LB1047.3 .M33 2009
ISBN: 9781412961349
Publication Date: 2008-07-10

To find more books and ebooks on writing literature reviews, please search the Online Library Catalog.

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance writing literature reviews. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

For more help with writing literature reviews, contact the Learning Center (UC) or Online Writing Center (COCE).

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