Chapter 5: The Literature Review
- A literature review is a survey of everything that has been written about a particular topic, theory, or research question. It is focused on the research related to a topic and the researchers who undertook that research. It is different from an essay, which proves a point, and an annotated bibliography, which is a reference plus a short description.
- Acceptable literature review sources include peer reviewed journal articles, edited books, and, to a limited degree, professional journals. Professional association websites should be used sparingly and carefully.
- The 5C’s of literature review writing are: cite, compare, contrast, critique, and connect.
- APA referencing is a set of rules for writing and referencing (citing) your sources.