1 introduction not to be confused with a book review, a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (eg dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. Preparing scholarly reviews of the literature: a webtorial this web site will teach you how to use research literature from the social sciences in a scholarly and professional manner. Writing a literature review is often the most daunting part of writing an article, book, thesis, or dissertation the literature seems (and often is) massive i have found it helpful to be as systematic as possible when completing this gargantuan task. A literature review is a piece of discursive prose, not a list describing or summarizing one piece of literature after another it's usually a bad sign to see every paragraph beginning with the name of a researcher. A literature review surveys books, scholarly articles, and any other sources relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, and by so doing, provides a description, summary, and critical evaluation of these works in relation to the research problem being investigated.
A literature review asks: what do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject how well you answer this question depends upon: the effectiveness of your search for information. Why do i need a literature review when readers come to your assignment, dissertation, or thesis, they will not just assume that your research or analysis is a good idea they will want to be persuaded that it is relevant and that it was worth doing.
Doing quicker literature reviews four ways to better exploit digital era capabilities an elaborate literature review is an important stage in the development of almost all phds, and it is also a. Your literature review should be guided by a central research question remember, it is not a collection of loosely related studies in a field but instead represents background and research developments related to a specific research question, interpreted and analyzed by you in a synthesized way. Doing a literature review has 128 ratings and 10 reviews katie said: i picked this book up after hearing good reviews from a few of my phd student twitt. The literature review is not merely a simple compilation or a list of every item and resource with any possible relation to your topic a good literature review is a critical appraisal of narrowly.
Reviewing the literature lets you see what came before, and what did and didn't work for other researchers to demonstrate your understanding, and your ability to critically evaluate research in the field. Literature reviews: an overview for graduate students what is a literature review what purpose does it serve in research what should you expect when writing one. Have an exemplary literature review have you written a stellar literature review you care to share for teaching purposes are you an instructor who has received an exemplary literature review and have permission from the student to post. What is a review of literature the format of a review of literature may vary from discipline to discipline and from assignment to assignment a review may be a self-contained unit -- an end in itself -- or a preface to and rationale for engaging in primary research a review is a required part of. When embarking on research, students are required to know the research that has already been done in their field the literature reviews examine previous related research.
A literature review is a review of various pieces of literature on one topic, ranging from series of books to shorter pieces like pamphlets sometimes, the literary review is a part of a larger research paper. A literature review summarizes and synthesizes the existing scholarly research on a particular topic literature reviews are a form of academic writing commonly used in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities however, unlike research papers, which establish new arguments and make original. Chapter 3 doing a literature review 30 introduction this chapter considers how one can discover what is already known about a particu-lar ﬁ eld of study and how this information can help with one's own research. The literature review will help you compare and contrast what you are doing in the historical context of the research as well as how your research is different or original from what others have done, helping you rationalize why you need to do this particular research (see reference 2. Chris hart is kind enough to teach the reader of his book doing a literature review the ins and outs of the myriad processes entailed in the endeavor to produce a well-designed, well-done, well-written, well-structured literature review.
Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination please choose whether or not you zombie creative writing prompts other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite doing yours. It will help you considerably if your topic for your literature review is the one on which you intend to do your final med project, or is in some way related to the topic of your final project however, you may pick any scholarly topic. In a stand-alone literature review, this statement will sum up and evaluate the state of the art in this ﬁeld of research in a review that is an introduction or preparatory to a thesis or research report, it will suggest how the review ﬁndings will lead to the research the writer proposes to undertake.
This study guide explains why literature reviews are needed, and how they can be conducted and reported related study guides are: referencing and bibliographies, avoiding plagiarism, writing a dissertation, what is critical reading what is critical writing the focus of the study guide is the. A postgraduate's guide to doing a literature review in health and social care (uk higher education humanities & social sciences higher educ) jan 1, 2016 by helen aveyard and sheila payne. A literature review or narrative review is a type of review article a literature review is a scholarly paper , which includes the current knowledge including substantive findings, as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular topic.