What are the major steps in the conceptualization stage of health services research?
A literature review is a survey of the scholarly work in a particular subject area. Use scholarly, peer reviewed, or refereed journals in your research. How do I know what a scholarly source is? Review this UMUC link for clarification: https://www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/scholarlyjournals.cfm
Defined by the UNC-Chapel Hill:
A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period (within the past 5-7 years is preferred in our course). A literature review can be just a simple summary of (scholarly) sources.
Why do we write literature reviews?
Literature reviews provide you with a handy guide to a particular topic. If you have limited time to conduct research, literature reviews can give you an overview or act as a stepping stone. For professionals, they are useful reports that keep them up to date with what is current in the field. For scholars, the depth and breadth of the literature review emphasizes the credibility of the writer in his or her field. Literature reviews also provide a solid background for a research paper’s investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of the literature of the field is essential to most research papers.