Writing a literature review
Depending on the discipline, a review of the literature may be:
- a single chapter
- segmented into a series of chapters on several topics
- embedded in successive thematic chapters
- a section of the introduction (in most theses there will be a short review here to justify the research, even when there is a longer review elsewhere).
This tutorial focuses on writing a chapter-length literature review. However, the five key points presented here will be useful for other forms of literature review: