A literature review is a comprehensive review and analysis of the published literature on a specific topic or research question. The literature that is reviewed contains: books, articles, academic articles, conference proceedings, association papers, and dissertations. It contains the most pertinent studies and points to important past and current research and practices. It provides background and context, and shows how your research will contribute to the field.
A literature review should:
A literature review can be written as an introduction to a study to:
Or it can be a separate work (a research article on its own) which:
Some of the limitations of a literature review are: