It is important to understand what a Literature Review is NOT. A Literature Review:
1. Identify and cogently define your topic in one or two sentences. Think about your topic in terms of keywords and synonyms for those keywords.
2. Identify and use the relevant databases that the library makes available to you to help you locate references to the scholarly body of literature on your topic.
3. Locate and retrieve the materials. Many journal articles are available electronically through the library's electronic journal collections.
4. Read the material.
5. Synthesize the material you've read into a well-written literature review by discussing the literature in terms of the body of knowledge available on the topic, its evolution, trends, seminal works, and generalizations. Demonstrate that you have a thorough understanding of the research and scholarship that has already been done on the topic you have chosen.
Remember that completing a thorough literature review is very time consuming, so allow yourself ample time to focus on it.