|Sometimes we don't know much about the topic we have been asked to research. In those situations it can be helpful to do some general reading on a topic in a reference resource, such as an encyclopedia. Reference resources provide background information and give context. For example, take a look at this brief article entitled, "What is CRISPR Gene Editing and How Does It Work?" in our Credo database.|
You will find the best resources for your research on the "Key Resources" tab of this guide.
The goal of a literature review is to convey the current state of knowledge on a particular topic. A literature review is NOT a summary.
Synthesize: combine separate elements to form a whole
As you read articles, pay attention to:
Consider using a synthesis matrix to record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.