A key task for researchers is organizing the materials you find. You should start thinking about how to organize your information while you're gathering it.
The Library supports three main strategies for organizing your research.
What is a Literature Review?
"A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Occasionally you will be asked to write one as a separate assignment, ..., but more often it is part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. As a piece of writing, the literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis). It is not just a descriptive list of the material available, or a set of summaries."
--Written by Dena Taylor, Health Sciences Writing Centre and available at http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review (Accessed August 8th, 2011)
Writing the Literature Review sites:
What are the goals of creating a Literature Review?
Type of Literature Reviews:
Information here is adapted from ASU's Literature Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies.