Your research activity will bring you to write a theses, a dissertation, a grant application and/or an article. These literary productions all contain a "Literature review", even if this section may be more developed in certain cases than others.
This guide provides information to help you find literature reviews and create them.
The literature review is a critical evaluation on the developments of the research in a specialized field of study. It usually includes numerous references.
Reasons to review the literature
Identify the developments in the field of study
Learn about the information sources and the research methodologies
Find gaps in the literature that can become research questions
Validate the originality of a research project
Evaluate the methods
Identify errors to avoid
Develop your own methodological approaches
Highlight the strengths, weaknesses and controversies in the field of study
"A comprehensive survey of the works publisehd in a particular field of study, usually over a specific period of time, in the form of an in-depth, critical bibliographic essay or annotated list in which attention is drawn to the most significant works." (ODLIS, 2012)