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A research guide for Pinnacle Scholars designed to facilitate all aspects of research related to the program.

What is a Literature Review?

Aspects of a Literature Review

  • It is a summary of the relevant literature of a subject
  • Depending on the subject and field, it can be either broad or narrow chronologically
  • Science fields tend to emphasize currency
  • No matter the field, if there is fundamental text that defined the topic or field of study, it must be included regardless of how old it is.
  • They range from a few paragraphs to a few pages
  • They can be extended into a paper that solely reviews existing literature
  • Related terms: 'review of the literature', "review article", 'review', 'systematic review'

For more information, please see our research guide on Literature Reviews.

EXAMPLES OF LITERATURE REVIEWS

(SECTION WITHIN ARTICLE)

Bakar, N. A. A., Zulkifli, A. N., & Mohamed, N. F. F. (2011). The use of multimedia, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Environment (VE) in enhancing children's understanding of road safety. In 2011 IEEE Conference on Open Systems (149-154). doi:10.1109/ICOS.2011.6079288

(FULL ARTICLE)

Stone, M. J., and J. F. Petrick. (2013). The educational benefits of travel experiences: a literature review. Journal of Travel Research 52(6), 731-744. doi:10.1177/0047287513500588

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