Review of Literature

A review of literature is a manuscript or a section of a manuscript that is a systematic exploration of material written on the research being addressed.  Since the “research question” drives the structure of the literature review, there are no formulas or systems for writing one.   However, there is a typology we can use to organize our thoughts.


Typology of Reviews of Literature


  1) Historical

  2) Typology Development

  3) Framework Review

  4) Identification of Concepts

  5) Problem-Solving

  6) Summary

  7) Theoretical

  8) Identification of Dependent Variables

  9) Evaluative/Procedures

10) Identification of Independent Variables