Skip to Main Content
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.

Basics of Social Research

A companion guide for students taking Basics of Social Research at Bluffton University

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are designed to do two things:

  • give your readers an overview of sources you have explored while researching a particular topic or idea, and
  • demonstrate how your research fits into the larger field of study.  (from Purdue OWL)

Learn more about literature reviews with these links:

Need more help?

Unsure about what you're reading here?  Visit our Need Help - Ask Us page and connect with one of our librarians who can help you understand.

chat loading...