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Literature Reviews

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

A What?

A literature review is an evaluative account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers.  The purpose of a literature review IS NOT to create an original argument and support your position with scholarly research (this is the typical college research paper assignment), but instead to ...

  1. summarize the available research in the field, 
  2. assess the value of the research already done by others,
  3. identify prevalent trends and
  4. discover what research remains to be done in a particular subject area. 
Literature reviews direct the formation of new research questions and are routinely included in the opening sections of scholarly research reports.  A successful literature review must be defined by a guiding concept such as a specific research objective.