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Research already done on your topic
For course assignments, it is typically selective and not a review of all literature on a topic
Informs your work as you develop your paper
Describes connections between your work and previous work of others; describes connecting ideas and significance of those works as they relate to your topic
Illustrates the work of key thinkers and writers in the field
UAlbany journal titles relevant to THIS 292
Literature Review Characteristics and Video
It is a critical summary of scholarly writing that is specific to and shows connections between what others have written and what you want to write about your topic. A literature review helps you develop your topic; you may need to fine tune your topic as you develop your literature review. It is neither an annotated bibliography nor a book review.