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Literature Reviews

Resources and tips to help you write an academic Literature Review.

Things to Consider

When evaluating sources (whether for a literature review or for any other kind of assignment) there are a few standard factors to consider:


  • What are the author's credentials?
  • Can you identify their institutional affiliations?
  • What is the author's expertise on the subject?


  • When was the source published?
  • Is it outdated?
  • Does it meet the time needs for your topic?


  • Does the author cite credible, authoritative sources?
  • Is there evidence of scholarly research?
  • Do they properly cite their sources?

Intended Audience         

  • Who is the intended audience? Scholars? Researchers? General audience?

Objective / Purpose        

  • What is the author's goal in writing it? To entertain? To inform? To influence?
  • How objective is the source?


  • Is it relevant to your topic?
  • Does it provide any new information about your topic?


Andrea Reed (2012). Evaluating Content. Retrieved 15 July 2016 from Step #3: Evaluating Content:

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