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What is a Literature Review (And what ISN'T it)?
A review of the literature:
- Focuses on a specific topic
- Compiles the research that has been published on the topic by scholars and experts
- Provides background for the problem or puts the problem into historical perspective
- Informs the reader about the current concepts and state of research on the topic and any controversies
- Describes the pros and cons of particular studies and may suggest areas for future research
- Organizes the citations thematically into a narrative
A review of the literature IS NOT:
- A literary review, which describes and evaluates a specific book, poem, play, etc.
- An exhaustive, alphabetical list of every work consulted in your research, nor a list of references cited
- An annotated bibliography listing references and adding brief notes about the value of each source
Adapted from the Oscar Rennebohm Library at Edgewood College
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