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What is a Literature Review

 What is a Literature Review?

A thorough and comprehensive examination of the research and/or theory relevant to a topic. A literature review analyzes and integrates scholarly research and theory in an organized, prose fashion. 

Purpose of a Literature Review

As a means of disseminating information to scholars in a particular discipline the literature review has four purposes:

  • to describe work done on a specific area of research
  • to evaluate this work
  • to identify areas of controversy in the literature
  • to formulate questions that need to be addressed further

Nex Step:  See Structure of a Literature Review

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