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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.



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


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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