From Scribbr: "Writing a literature review involves finding relevant publications (such as books and journal articles), critically analyzing them, and explaining what you found. There are five key steps:
A good literature review doesn’t just summarize sources – it analyzes, synthesizes, and critically evaluates to give a clear picture of the state of knowledge on the subject."
A literature review examines the current thinking in a field and illustrates the relationships between existing knowledge and your own work. It has multiple purposes, including:
Consult the following resources for details about preparing a literature review.