A literature review does not present an original argument. The purpose is to offer an overview of what is known about the topic and to evaluate the strength of the evidence on that topic. It usually contains a summary, a synthesis, or an analysis of the key arguments in the existing literature. The literature may come from books, articles, reports, or other formats. Sources may even contradict each other. A literature review also helps distinguish what research has been done and identify what needs further research
A literature review:
A research paper:
An annotated bibliography:
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Traditional or narrative literature review
Systematic literature review
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