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A literature review is not a summary of every article you read.  The sources must integrate well to tell a story. Few ways to organize your literature review:

  1. By themes, variables, issues.
  2. By varying perspectives regarding a topic of controversy.
  3. Chronologically, to show how the topic and research have developed over time.

They may seem similar, but a literature review is NOT:

  1. An annotated bibliography
    A list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
  2.  A literary review
    A brief critical discussion about the merits and weaknesses of a literary work such as a play, novel or a book of poems
  3. A book review
    is a brief critical discussion about the merits and weaknesses of a particular book. Book reviews of creative works are sometimes called literary reviews. Scholarly books are also reviewed by other scholars. Scholarly book reviews are often published in scholarly journals.


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