Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017     Views: 748

"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. To find books and ebooks on writing literature review, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with literature reviews.

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