A literature review is an analysis of literature on a topic. It is used to gather background information on a certain topic, to determine major themes and trends, and show how your research fits into the field and current literature.
A literature review is NOT:
Decide what you will be researching and writing about within your field. Think about topics that interest you and do some research on them to see what is trending. This can give you some idea of different research questions and what specifically you would like to explore.
If you need help developing a research question, check out our Writing a Research Question Guide.
Always check assignment guidelines for your instructor's expectations of the scope of your review