Research Literature Review
A research literature review is a summary and critique of a work of literature that reports the research of a given field. Students who are working on thesis projects may need to write several formal or informal research literature reviews in the course of determining whose work is the most integral and informative to the subject at hand.
Students who are writing research literature reviews should begin by selecting works of research that will make the greatest contribution to their thesis projects or other academic edification. Students may choose such a work of literature by browsing the recent publications of the primary publishers in the field, or they may zero in on a certain work due to its mention in several other sources.
Once a student has located a source to review, he or she should read it carefully as many times as the project schedule reasonably permits. If the student only has time to read the work once, he or she should read very carefully and take copious notes. If the student has time to read the work several times, he or she should read it quickly first and then comb through it more carefully in subsequent readings.
In writing a research literature review, the student should offer a brief, fair summary of the work. The summary portion of research literature reviews must be fastidiously accurate, because the review intends to represent the work justly and critique it based on that representation; if the review writer misrepresents the work, the readers will consider the review completely invalid.
Then the review writer should present a fair critique of the work of literature. He or she should be careful to ascertain through further research that any apparent flaws in the work are actual flaws. While composing the critique, the writer should be careful to remain unemotional and authoritative, offering praises and criticisms in a reserved, academic tone.