Often student research in APA fields falls into this category.
Your professor might ask you to write this kind of paper to demonstrate your familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research you hope to conduct.
NOTE: A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not synonymous.
If you are asked to write an annotated bibliography, you should consult the for the APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies.
Then, think of a few potential topics for your literature review, then conduct a preliminary search.
Based on your results of that quick search, eliminate the topics which don't seem to have as many pieces of literature available for them.
A literature review typically contains the following sections: Some instructors may also want you to write an abstract for a literature review, so be sure to check with them when given an assignment.
Also, the length of a literature review and the required number of sources will vary based on course and instructor preferences.
At some point in your academic career, you may have to write a literature review to summarize what you've learned in your field.
Writing a strong literature review takes a lot of time, research and focus, as there are many different components that go into it.