A literature review systematically maps out the current state of knowledge on a topic, in order to justify the new knowledge to be gained or current knowledge to be verified or refined. (Healthcare Research: A Handbook for Students and Practitioners)
Steps in a Literature Review:
TIP: Set up a research consultation appointment at the library for assistance with a literature review. Just fill out and submit the Book A Librarian form here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/library/book-a-librarian/.
There are many reasons to conduct a literature review:
Baker, J.D. (2016). The purpose, process, and methods of writing a literature review. AORN, 103(3), 265-269. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2016.01.016