A literature review asks: What do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?
How well you answer this question depends upon:
As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way.
A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.
These examples will be helpful to upper-level students in social & behavioral sciences .
Look for other literature reviews in your subject area to see how they are written.
VCU's Writing Center consultants can help you plan, develop, and organize your literature review and a follow-up appointment will help you edit, proofread, and revise it.