Literature – on-going scholarly communication/conversation/body of work
Review – ‘re-views’ looks again at what others have said, done, in a particular area, re-examine
it is recursive – repeating steps out-of-order
it is part of a larger research paper but can also stand on its own depending on the assignment from your faculty
“A literature review is a written document that presents a logically argued case founded on a comprehensive understanding of the current state of knowledge about a topic of study. This case establishes a convincing thesis to answer the study’s question.”
Source: Machi & McEvoy (2009). The Literature Review: Six steps to success
What it is not?
Literature Review is NOT an annotated bibliography!
It is NOT a research paper where you select resources to argue the issue from one perspective.