A literature review is just an overview of what is currently known in your particular subject. The best place to start is a search on one of the web based databases like Web of Science. Also your supervisor should be a good source to get a few papers to start you off.
One of my course last year was a Lit review and i'm currently doing another one as part of my project. A good way to go about it is to work out 'keywords' for your project e.g. from reading a general textbook, then use these to search PubMed, Science Direct, BiomedCentral etc as these offer plenty of full text articles, including reviews. I've got a feeling the mimas WOS ,mentioned above will just give you references rather than full text. Hope this helps.
literature review means searching for all what have been done in the respective field.To start with u can go to bmn.com and search for the reviews there, from here u can get the key words in which u r interested. Then u can go to pubmed, medline,sciencedirect or the specific journal searches as PNAS,JBC,Biochemistry and like that.
Probably you should have asked this question keeping in mind, the expecation of your supervisor. It would be more precise that you get a definite answer if you can discuss with your supervisor. Basically you may be prompted to ask this question with regard to time consumption because different disciplines of sciences, areas of research or even branches of studies will require different ways of searching for literature works. Simultaneously you can yourself frame a definition about literature collection and see if it matches perfectly with that of your boss as well as other colleagues there is nothing to worry.
Perhaps, you shouldn't get so mad at Andy. In different disciplines there are different main criteria that PhD committee is looking for when choosing future PhD students. Come on, it was just a question for advice! It could be that the person never took a research methods course ...
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