Purdue Online Writing Lab offers guidelines and resources for a wide variety of writing projects. Refer to the folliwing links to check specific formatting guidelines such as APA, Chicago, and MLA, or to know more about how to avoid plagarism in your writing process.
A good literature review finds relevant academic literature and places it in a context that supports future research. In other words, what background does the audience need to know in order to understand the innovation that you are presenting in your thesis or article?
Reed, L. (1998). Performing a Literature Review. 1998 Frontiers in Engineering Conference. IEEE: Tempe, AZ. Available online.