Skip to main content

Political Science: Conducting a Literature Review

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020 5:38 PM

What is a Literature Review?

"A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. [...] 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."

From Yale University Library "The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Writing It," http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review)

Literature Review Help

Courtesy of the University of North Carolina State University Libraries

Useful Guides for Doing One


How to Conduct a Literature Review in Political Science


How to Read a Research Article


More on Doing a Literature Review

  • Jeffrey W. Knopf, "Doing a Literature Review," PS: Political Science & Politics 1 (January 2006): pp. 127-132.
  • Iain McMenamin, "Process and Text: Teaching Students to Review the Literature," PS: Political Science & Politics 1 (January 2006): pp. 133-135.

Librarian

Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell's picture
Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell
Contact:
422 Lockwood Library, North Campus
(716) 645-9178