Creating your first literature review can be a complex process requiring a number of skills. It involves identifying, evaluating and synthesising previous research in your field of study. Structured around research ideas, its purpose is to set the research scene by highlighting the main arguments and identifying gaps or shortcomings which need to be addressed with further research.
For help with writing your literature review take a look at the
Library’s online tutorial: Producing a literature review. This tutorial will guide you through the process of
writing a literature review in 7 steps. It also suggests sources of further
advice about specific skills and provides recommended reading. You can also try the Literature review ice breaker quiz from the University
of Sheffield Virtual Graduate School.