Their published findings can provide a useful source of information, depending on your field of study. Since newspapers are generally intended for a general (not specialized) audience, the information they provide will be of no use for your Lit Review.
It is impossible to characterize the information available but here are some hints about using electronic sources: 1) bear in mind that anyone can post information on the Internet so the quality may not be reliable, and 2) the information you find may be intended for a general audience and so may not be suitable for inclusion in your Lit Review (information for a general audience is usually less detailed and less scholarly). Magazines intended for a general audience, e.g., Time, Us, National Enquirer, will not be useful in providing the sort of information you need.
Note: This section does not refer to scholarly articles located on the Du Bois Library databases. Specialized magazines may be more useful (for example business magazines for management students), but usually magazines are not useful for your research except as a starting point by providing news or general information about new discoveries, policies, etc.
• tests assumptions; may help counter preconceived ideas and remove unconscious bias. The “literature” is the collection of books and journal articles, government documents, and other scholarly works you found to be relevant to your research topic.
• Journal articles: An excellent source for a Lit Review.
• identifies gaps in previous studies; identifies flawed methodologies and/or theoretical approaches; avoids replication of mistakes.
• identifies possible trends or patterns in the literature.
Textbooks are unlikely to be useful for including in your Lit Review as they are intended for teaching, not for research, but they do offer a good starting point from which to find better, more detailed sources.
• Conference proceedings: A good source for a Lit Review.
A Lit Review is written in the style of an expository essay; it has an introduction, body, and conclusion, and it is organized around a controlling idea or thesis.
Compare this to an annotated Works Cited list, which is simply an alphabetized list of sources accompanied by summaries and evaluations (annotations).