What is a Literature Review
A literature review is a critical summary and analysis of current scholarship on a topic. The material may be empirical, theoretical, critical, analytical or methodological in nature and the literature may include multimedia and web based material along with the more traditional book, report and journal article formats.
The literature review is the first step towards conducting any research and identifies the key concepts, debates, controversies and researchers in a field. The review should contain a critical commentary of the literature by outlining points of comparison and difference between texts and most importantly how your project engages with it.
You should expect to continue searching, reading and reviewing the literature related to your topic throughout the time you are conducting and writing your research project.
There is no single correct method for conducting a literature review. Check with your supervisor to ascertain any subject/School specific requirements or conventions before you begin.