This video was developed for graduate students, however, understanding what a literature review is and how to write one is important for undergraduates as well. Keep in mind that the breadth and depth of your literature review will depend on the requirements of your assignment. You will NOT be required to perform a complete and expansive literature review for all courses.
What Lit Reviews can Do for You!
Help you to narrow down your topic.
Help you to "build your case."
Show you how others (scholars and researchers) have handled methodological and research design issues in areas related to your topic.
Introduce you to measurement tools that have been used effectively in prior reseach.
Reveal limitations of prior research that may be addressed by your proposed study.
Provide information as to whether your topic would be valuable as an empirical study.