The literature review answers why you should conduct your research.
To answer the *why* behind your study, find and analyze other studies that address similar research questions, or studies that address your research question on a different level.
Sources covered in the review may include scholarly journal articles, books, government reports, Web sites, etc.
The literature review provides a description, summary and evaluation of each source.
You could also move from broad studies to more specific, smaller studies, or vice versa.
The findings of your search guide how you organize the literature based on the focus and volume of the studies in your chosen field.
Discuss and present your research question and how the answer you discover will fill in another piece of the puzzle in your field.
Whether you have clearly defined your research question or not, begin your search using academic databases such as JSTOR, EBSCOhost, or ERIC.
Writing up a research proposal is the required first step for many academic studies.
This is the formal way of clarifying your own ideas and convincing a superviser that you know what you are doing.