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ENGL 787 / 800 - Medieval Otherworlds (UNH Manchester): Literature Review

What is a literature review?

"A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period.

A literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant."

         --The Writing Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Writing a Literature Review

Steely Library NKU (2015, July 30). What is a literature review? [Video file]. Retrieved from

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How to Read for Grad School

This article from Miriam Sweeney discusses how to read academic articles.


Anadale, C. (2016, August 31). 4 rules for grad school reading [Video file]. Retrieved from

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