Foundation | Summarize | Connect | Explain
Your literature review should ... lay the foundation for understanding your research and appreciating its value."
"Summarize and explain what research has already been done on the topic as it relates to your research question), citing the sources in the text as you mention them. Point out the different ways researchers have treated the topic.
Point out any connections between the sources, especially where one source built upon a prior study.
Explain how this past work fits together to make your research question significant.
Credit: Washington & Lee University