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A Literature Review is a summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question. Literature reviews discuss previous studies relevant to your current topic or study in a concise manner. Your professor might ask you to write this kind of paper to demonstrate your familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research you hope to conduct.
Keep your topic in mind as you organize your lit review and as you choose what literature to include. The following are tips when writing your literature review:
NOTE: A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not synonymous. If you are asked to write an annotated bibliography, you should consult the Publication Manual for the APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies.