Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016 Views: 540
"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: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-reviews/
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 by Paul Oliver
The Literature Review by Lawrence A. Machi; Brenda T. McEvoy
To find more books and ebooks on writing literature reviews, please search the Online Library Catalog.
Helpful Web Resources:
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.
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