Some people, though, find it when they are just starting out as students at VCU.
If that describes you, the following guides may be helpful.
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.
The basic components of a literature review include: An annotated bibliography is a list of your references with a summary of the content and the publication’s relationship to your research question.
A literature review is an overview of the topic, an explanation of how publications differ from one another, and an examination of how each publication contributes to the discussion and understanding of the topic.
In many of the social sciences, you will be asked to design and conduct your own experimental research.
If so, you will need to write up your paper using a structure that is more complex than that used for just a literature review.
Your literature review will describe, analyse, summarise and evaluate research on a particular topic.
You will also put forward a conclusion - based on your analysis of those studies.