Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016     Views: 8

A literature review is a report on the literature directly related to a specific topic, or area of study. It forms the theoretical base for your research and helps to define the topic or focus of your research.

A literature review can be:

  • An assignment
  • Part of an assignment, such as a report
  • A journal article
  • Part of a journal article
  • Part of a thesis or dissertation

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The Library's Moodle site will help you develop the skills you need to become successful at finding the best information for your assessment items.

All Undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in this course. Look for it in your Moodle course list or you can use the link above.

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