Basic Literature Reviews:
-argue a position about the current state of knowledge on a topic
-summarize and evaluate the existing knowledge on a particular topic
Advanced Literature Reviews:
-uncover a research problem for further study
-questions the current state of knowledge about a topic in order to define an area for new research
Machi, Lawrence A. The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success. Corwin Press, 2012.
For helpful information on writing a literature review, try these guides...
Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students Authors: Linda Frederiksen, Sue F. Phelps
This open source textbook is designed for students in graduate-level nursing and education programs. Its intent is to recognize the significant role the literature review plays in the research process and to prepare students for the work that goes into writing one. Developed for new graduate students and novice researchers just entering into the work of a chosen discipline, each of the eight chapters covers a component of the literature review process.
A helpful interactive tutorial: Conducting a literature review in education and the behavioral sciences
Literature Reviews from University of North Carolina.
Academic Writing: Review of Literature (Writer's Handbook, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison) A very brief description of the structure of a literature review is provided. Bulleted lists for the Introduction, Body and Conclusion are provided. The site does not offer assistance for the searching or writing process.
It is possible to find literature reviews using various article databases. Here are some tips for searching:
Listed below are research journals in Education that specialize in publishing reviews of research literature on topics in education. Lakehead University Library provides access to these journal titles, simply click on the title to access the issues: