The literature review puts your research in the context of existing literature. It will include literature relating to yours in any relevant ways and usually includes many references. A literature review is NOT a summary of what exists. Instead it analyzes, interprets, and critically examins existing research relating to your research and sets the base for your research to sit on.
Your literature review should:
Your objectives should be to:
1. Determine your information needs
2. Consult general works
These will help you understand the terminology and basic knowledge of the area you wish to research. They can also help identify prolific researchers/authors.
Reviews and meta-analyses are good sources for these.
Look at the Annual Reviews of Sociology to see if there are articles of interest:
3. Find journal articles to meet your information needs
4. Almost any items that Briggs Library does not own is available through Interlibrary Loan.