What is a literature review?
A literature review provides an overview of the scholarly literature (e.g. books, articles, dissertations, proceedings) relevant to an area of research or theory. The review typically will include a summary of the major questions in a area and critical evaluations of work that has already been done. Literature reviews are also helpful for their comprehensive bibliographies. This webpage by the UC Santa Cruz Library does a good job of explaining lit reviews.
Literature reviews typically include these components:
The following resources are great places to start when compiling a comprehensive bibliography.
Scholarly journals may contain various types of scholarly literature. Knowing the different types of articles will help you find the best resources for your research needs.