Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Criminal Justice Research Methods Literature Review Assignment Guide

Recommended resources and strategies for completing the research for your Criminal Justice Literature Review.

What is a LibGuide?

What is a LibGuide?

Think of a LibGuide as a "digital handout" that pulls together specific information in one convenient place.

How do I use a LibGuide?

left arrow LINK to LibGuide PAGES which are stacked in the column on the left. Some PAGES may have subpages stacked below the main page. Page BOXES will also appear below the main page. Click on a box or..

down arrowSCROLL down a PAGE to view LibGuide BOXES

Literature Review: Definition

A literature review is a summary of prior research conducted about a specific topic. Ann effective literature review answers the questions, What do we know about this topic? What don't we know about this topic?

Justice scales

Part of a Literature Review

  • Most literature reviews have the following components:
    • Introduction: Provides an overview of your topic, including the major problems and issues that have been studied.
    • Discussion of Methodologies:  If there are different types of studies conducted, identifying what types of studies have been conducted is often provided.
    • Identification and Discussion of Studies: Provide overview of major studies conducted, and if there have been follow-up studies, identify whether this has supported or disproved results from prior studies.
    • Identification of Themes in Literature: If there has been different themes in the literature, these are also discussed in literature reviews. 
    • Conclusion/Discussion: Integrate what you’ve found in your review of literature, and identify areas in need of further research or gaps in the literature.

More tips on developing a literature review, click on the link below.


Western Technical College
Western Technical College Learning Commons
Student Success Center, Room 201
400 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601
learningcommons@westerntc.edu
State Relay: 711
EEO Statement

Learn more about Western and the Learning Commons.
The Learning Commons provides library and academic support services on campus and online. The Learning Commons will set you up for success!

Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. For details and exceptions, see the Library Copyright Statement.
©2020, Western Technical College

If you are experiencing disability related accessibility issues with any information on this website, please email AccessServices@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9524.