It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Moffitt Library, Main Stacks open for 24-hour access during RRR, finals weeks. Learn more.
In a literature review you explore research that has come before you and is relevant to your topic. It can help you identify:
core research in the field
experts in the subject area
methodology you may want to use (or avoid)
gaps in the literature -- or where your research would fit in
see what literature reviews already exist on your topic (databases like PubMed and PsycInfo -- can help you get started, and save you a lot of time.) For PsycInfo, restrict by literature review, for PubMed by review.
citation slogging (aka "snowballing") -- work your way back through citations (or footnotes) to key articles