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Honors Program Research Guide: The Literature Review
Keep the review focused, but make it of broad interest
Be critical and consistent
Find a logical structure
Make use of feedback
Include your own relevant research, but be objective
Be up-to-date, but do not forget older studies
I would add an 11th rule: Do not forget what the literature review is not -- it is not a place to argue your position or present evidence for your conclusion.
Pautasso, M. (2013, July). Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Literature Review. PLoS Computational Biology. pp. 1-4. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003149.
WHat is a Literature Review?
A literature review is, simply, an objective overview of the relevant research on a particular topic. It provides context for your research, anchoring it within the discipline. It is not meant to be an exhaustive overview, but it should cover the significant research in your field of study.
It is important to keep track of what you read for your research. A citation manager such as Mendeley can help you organize your research.