Literature review

The Role of the Literature Review Your literature review gives your readers an understanding of the evolution of scholarly research on your topic that furthers your inquiry about what scholars are writing about your topic or how they are answering your inquiry question. In your literature review you will: 6-8 pages use a minimum of 4 sources survey the scholarly landscape on your topic possibly provide some historical background, origins significant authors or research that made an impact on your topic provide a synthesis of the issues, trends, or concepts in current research conclude with your revised inquiry question you wish to answer and/or possible next steps for research The literature review is NOT an annotated bibliography. Nor should it simply summarize the articles. Literature reviews are organized thematically or topically and demonstrate a synthesis of what you find significant regarding the research scholars are publishing on your topic that answers your inquiry question.