Review articles are an attempt to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the author searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Review Articles will teach you about::
Review Articles are virtual gold mines if you want to find out what the key articles are for a given topic. If you read and thoroughly digest a good review article, you should be able to “talk the talk” about a given topic.
This video provides a basic and clear overview of what is a literature review, why do we write them, and what information they provide (UCLA Libraries, 3.21)
As you watch this video, take note of the steps required to complete a literature review.
Machi, Lawrence A., and Brenda T. McEvoy. 2009. The literature review: six steps to success. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press
Onwuegbuzie, A.J., Collins, K.M.T., Leech, N.L., Dellinger, A.B., & Jiao, Q.G. 2010. A meta-framework for conducting mixed research syntheses for stress and coping and beyond. In G.S. Gates, W.H. Gmelch, & M. Wolverton (Series Eds.) & K.M.T. Collins, A.J. Onwuegbuzie, & Q.G. Jiao (Vol. Eds.), Toward a broader understanding of stress and coping: Mixed methods approaches (pp. 169-212). The Research on Stress and Coping in Education. Series: Vol. 5. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.