A literature review is
Unlike an academic research paper, the main focus of a literature review is not to develop a new argument. A literature review is . A literature review may build on an annotated bibliography, but it does more than just summarize each article; a literature review should
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Not every literature review is the same; some literature reviews include very detailed methodologies, or sections defining terms or concepts relevant to the topic, or in-depth background history, or a paragraph discussing the challenges involved with reviewing the literature.
But most literature reviews will incorporate these key components:
"Nurse turnover: A literature review" by Laureen J. Hayes et al. (2006) looks at research on the nurse turnover problem.
In this excerpt from the article, you can see how the writers compare the research of several authors on variables that influence nurse turnover rates.
Hayes, L.J. et al. (2006). Nurse turnover: A literature review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43(2006). pp. 237–263.
Also in this article, see Appendix A on page 247 for an example of a synthesis matrix used to analyze and compare the literature on nurse turnover issues.