I have seen a few students recently who are struggling with the difference between a literature review and either a research proposal or an introduction.
In the psychology dept. the masters students were given guidance on this at the start of the year. However, it has come to my attention that many other students (including many who have not had the undergraduate experience of writing a dissertation, whether they be international students or joint honors students) are unclear on both what sets the projects apart and also the requirements for each.
I have adapted the advice that I was given and have created a document for the U Drive (U:) that should be more generic, with additional links to further support – please feel free to amend further if necessary.
The links provided within the document are shown below, they may be of use to those reading from a wider audience:
http://guides.library.vcu.edu/lit-review – Online PDF
http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/lit-review/ – Online video tutorial