"Literature" is an academic way of saying the material that is relevant to your topic. Your professor may set specific guidelines on the types or timeliness of sources you'll want to consider for your literature review. You may be asked to focus on scholarly sources.
At a basic level, reviewing the literature is a way for you to become informed about a topic. Literature reviews:
The steps of a literature review are:
You may feel a bit like Goldilocks as you try to find just the right research question. Inform yourself about the topic. Think about various research methods, outside of library research, and how you will discover evidence to answer your research question.
As you prepare to look for information:
Search Broadly with Quick Search and Google Scholar
Be sure to logon first so you get the article content. Quick Search runs your search in the library catalog and a lot of different article databases at once. For best results, keep your searches simple, every word you enter is searched for as a word.
Target your Searching in an Article Database
You can take full advantage of using the AND and OR connectors in the article databases. Think about who (what field) does research on your topic or question and then select article databases that search the literature of those disciplines.
You can use these databases to find who has cited your scholar's works.