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Literature Review
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What is Literature Review?
A literature review is a critical summary and evaluation of all the published works on a particular topic or field. As you prepare a literature review, you are expected to read broadly on secondary sources, such as books, academic journals and any other relevant sources related in order to gain a thorough understanding of the existing research. Providing a comprehensive and balanced discussion of the major and important research is crucial to a good literature review, and also helpful to identify existing gaps and potential directions to your research topic.
Sources for a Literature Review
There are several different types of literature available and you will probably draw on all of them. The most common sources are listed below for reference:
  • Books (textbooks, specialized books, reference books)
  • Journal articles
  • Published literature reviews of particular fields
  • Reports e.g. Government reports, Professional Bodies reports
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Conference proceedings
Steps of Literature Review
  • Step 1: Choose a topic
  • Step 2: Search the resources/literature
  • Step 3: Takes notes
  • Step 4: Appraise and evaluate
  • Step 5: Organize the information and reviews
  • Step 6: Write the review
  • Rule 1: Define a topic and audience
  • Rule 2: Search and re-search the literature
  • Rule 3: Take notes while reading
  • Rule 4: Choose the type of review you wish to write
  • Rule 5: Keep the review focused, but make it of broad interest
  • Rule 6: Be critical and consistent
  • Rule 7: Find a logical structure
  • Rule 8: Make use of feedback
  • Rule 9: Include your own relevant research, but be objective
  • Rule 10: Be up-to-date, but do not forget older studies
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RT81.5 .W493 2017
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