So you are not going to write an essay on a Shakespearean play or some other literary text.
A scholarly literature review is part of any final research study or report since it demonstrates that you are familiar with what other other scholars have already studied and published on your subject, and allows you then to map out what new arena or question you would like to pursue.
You would lack credibility and appear naive and uninformed if your analysis has already been convincingly put forth or refuted.
The purpose of a literature review is fourfold: Review the Assignments page to get a sense of how this assignment fits in with the other major assignments this quarter, namely, the Background Essay and the Final Research Article.
At least five scholarly articles (must be different from those you used in the BE), from which you quote at least once.
At least two articles must come from the electronic database such as Academic Search Premier (select "peer-reviewed" from the search screens of these databases).
Discussion and Evaluation (include section heading; 2 paragraphs): This section is your discussion and evaluation of the articles from your summary section and not your discussion of the issues themselves.
Instead, you are interpreting and evaluating the knowledge presented in the summary section in order to raise questions for further research (gaps in knowledge).
You may discuss and evaluate the significance of various conclusions and arguments, the completeness of individual studies, the research methods used, substantial areas of disagreement, debates over definitions of terms, and/or the consistency of the results with each other.
As you present your evaluation, do so cautiously with thorough analysis and explanation.