A literature review provides a critical account of the existing research and explains how this research is significant to the topic you are studying. The review helps form the intellectual framework for the study.
A Literature Review is NOT:
The review need not be exhaustive; the objective is not to list as many relevant books, articles, reports as possible. However, the review should contain the most pertinent studies and point to important past and current research and practices in the field.
A literature review
For more information about conducting a literature review, search the topic "literature review" in Sage Research Methods and limit the results to "Available to me"