How to write a Literature Review

Why write a literature review?

  • it helps an author educate the reader on a topic and bring them up to date on the status of the research
  • it reviews scholarly published content on what is already known in a given field of research
  • it uncovers gaps in the knowledge and any hotly debated subjects
  • it identifies who the key researchers are on the topic and their methodology
  • by writing a literature review, you are building the foundation for your own work by supplying the reader with background information

Selected web guides for writing a literature review


Content last reviewed: November 14, 2018