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Literature Review

Your Librarian

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Craig Varley
Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville
Lenoir-Rhyne University
36 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Room 322
Subjects: Public Health

What is a Literature Review?

While you should always refer to your instructor's specific assignment guidelines when doing a literature review, you are safe to assume the following are true. A literature review ...

  • Summarizes of the major literature on a specific topic showing relationships between theories, studies
  • Produces unique observations and flows like any other original academic paper
  • Contains central ideas and presents themes with supportive evidence
  • It is NOT just a list of articles with summaries, that is an annotated bibliography

Writing a Literature Review

Below are some helpful websites from other academic institutions on how to write a literature review.

A Video Overview of the Literature Review