\u2022 It is an account of what has been published on a topic by recognized scholars
and is frequently a required part of the introduction to an essay, research report
\u2022 The literature review should communicate to your reader what knowledge and
ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and
relate to your research question
\u2022 synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known
\u2022 identify areas of controversy in the literature
\u2022 formulate questions that need further research.
Ask yourself these questions about each book or article you include:
\u2022 Has the author stated a problem or issue? Is it clearly defined?
\u2022 Is the significance (scope, urgency, relevance) of the problem clearly
\u2022 Does the author evaluate the literature relevant to the problem or issue?
\u2022 Does the author include literature representing positions she or he does not
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