Answered By: Denyse Rodrigues
Last Updated: May 03, 2016     Views: 13

The aim of a literature review is to discover what has already been researched and published on a particular topic. Many research papers begin with a summary of a literature review before presenting any new findings. This way, the reader understands how new research might fit into the current body of knowledge.

To write a literature review you'll need to:
a) use the library catalogue and databases to find resources (articles and books) relevant to your topic
b) scan and appraise these resources, to determine their validity and significance  

The library website subject guides can help direct your search to databases that are best suited to your topic.

The Mount's Writing Centre has Academic Writing Resources with links to literature review approaches.

Always consult your instructor or supervisor for precise guidelines for literature reviews.