A LITERATURE REVIEW
- Purpose of a lit review:
- Convince reader that you know what you are talking about.
- Tell reader where to go to learn more.
- Put your work in broad context.
- Introduce specific work that is important to your work, e.g.,
because you were inspired by it, you are generalizing or adapting
or extending it, you are going to beat it.
- Your perspective should shape the review.
- Not just a flat list of references.
- A typical approach is to ``telescope'' from broad to
specific references, or from broadly relevant to very
- Organizing things historically often makes sense as well.
- Tell a story; don't be repetitive and formulaic.
- Group references in ways that make sense. Not every reference
needs to have a separate sentence.
- It's okay to leave things out.