Is most often a part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. Occasionally it will be a complete piece in and of itself.
Is literally: a "re" view or "look again" at what has already been written about the topic.
Is a compilation of the research that has been published on a topic by recognized scholars and researchers.
Is defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing or your argumentative thesis). It is not just a descriptive list of the material available, or a set of summaries.
Provides background for the problem the students are attacking or put the problem into historical perspective and, at times, show how others handled similar problems in the past.
Is one section of an academic research paper, in which literature relevant to the argument is summarized and synthesized.
What is the purpose of a literature review?
In writing the literature review, your purpose is:
To convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic.
To explain what the strengths and weaknesses of that knowledge and those ideas might be.
To establish context, or background, for the argument explored in the rest of a paper.
To keep the writer/reader up to date with current developments in a particular field or discipline.
A literature review is NOT:
They may seem similar, but a literature review is NOT:
An annotated bibliography
A list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
A literary review
A brief critical discussion about the merits and weaknesses of a literary work such as a play, novel or a book of poems
A book review
is a brief critical discussion about the merits and weaknesses of a particular book. Book reviews of creative works are sometimes called literary reviews. Scholarly books are also reviewed by other scholars. Scholarly book reviews are often published in scholarly journals.
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