How do I write a literature review?

Many students struggle with the task of writing a literature review because of the amount of reading they need to cover and uncertainty about what lecturers are looking for.

In this series of workshop recordings we will discuss practical ways to manage the reading load effectively and provide guidance for you on how to write a well organised and concise literature review.

The workshop will focus on the following issues:

  • What is a literature review?
  • What is the purpose of a literature review?
  • How do I start?
  • What do I include?
  • Making a literature search.
  • Making use of specialist resources.
  • Organising your material.
  • Writing it up.

Please go to Academic English and Study Skills Development for further information on our workshops and drop-in sessions and for further details of all the support the CAE team provides. You can also email if you have any queries.