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Q. Literature Review
A literature review surveys books, scholarly articles, and any other sources relevant to your research topic or thesis statement. It should provide a theoretical summary or critical evaluation of these scholarly works. You will need to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the research that you’ve found on your topic. A literature review should give context to your thesis statement and, if possible, reveal any gaps in current literature.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A LITERATURE REVIEW?
- To demonstrate to your readers what you know about your topic
- To bring your readers up-to-date and fill them in on what has been published on your topic
- To allow you a better understanding of your topic
5 STEPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR LITERATURE REVIEW
Step 1: Brainstorming & Choosing a Topic
Step 2: Finding Sources
Step 3: Evaluate Sources & Taking Notes
Step 4: Identify Themes & Patterns
Step 5: Writing & Citations
TO LEARN MORE:
Consider browsing this helpful handout:
- Literature Review
- Annotated Bibliography
- Understanding & What it isn't (Part 1 Video)
- Step-by-Step & Writing Process (Part 2 Video)
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