You might write a literature review if you are working on:
The purpose of a literature review is to:
Literature reviews examine and evaluate the scholarly literature on a topic.
A literature review is conducted in the beginning stages of your research and is written either as a stand-alone document or as part of a larger piece of work (like a chapter in a thesis).
A good literature review is:
Focused: details only what is necessary for your purpose in writing but doesn't include everything you've read.
Analytical: focused on ideas and relationships between ideas, rather than just the authors.
Critical: makes comparisons between different concepts/theories. Your own interpretation and evaluation needs to be evident.
You can find examples of literature reviews in journals, and in theses (usually found in the second chapter).
Most databases allow you to limit searches to 'review articles'.
Review articles are a great place to start your literature review.
Locate a thesis from your faculty and check out the literature review chapter. Access the guide below and follow the instructions to find UOW theses.
Learning Co-op: undergraduate and coursework students can talk to a Peer Academic Coach at the Learning Co-Op in our foyer, who can help make an appointment to see an Academic Language and Learning lecturer.
Seminars: postgraduate research students are encouraged to attend Thesis Writing Seminars. Register for the HDR seminar series.
Ask a librarian: all students needing assistance with searching for information for their literature review can request help from the Library – just Ask Us!
Subject specialists: all academic staff needing assistance with searching for information for their literature review or identifying a journal to publish in should get in touch with their key faculty contact.