Brandel Library

CTS 3200 Mediation

What is a Literature Review?

What is a Literature Review?

The purpose of the literature review is to:

  • Set the background on what has been researched on a topic.
  • Show why a topic is significant to a subject area.
  • Discover relationships between ideas.
  • Identify major themes & concepts.
  • Identify critical gaps & points of disagreement.
  • Help the researcher turn a network of articles into a coherent view of the literature.

Literature Review: An Overview for Graduate Students, by North Caroline State University Libraries (10 minutes)