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Com 490 - Doing a Literature Review - Article - Paper Constr

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Doing a Literature Review
\u2022 What is a literature review?

\u2022 It is an account of what has been published on a topic by recognized scholars
and researchers,
and is frequently a required part of the introduction to an essay, research report
or thesis.

\u2022 The literature review should communicate to your reader what knowledge and
ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and
weaknesses are.

\u2022 As you plan, let yourself be guided by your own research objective, the
problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis.
\u2022 What are the characteristics of a good literature review?
The literature review is far more than a descriptive list of resources you found on
a topic. It should:
\u2022 be organized into sections that present themes or identify trends and also

relate to your research question
\u2022 synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known
\u2022 identify areas of controversy in the literature
\u2022 formulate questions that need further research.

\u2022 How can I choose what to include?

Ask yourself these questions about each book or article you include:
\u2022 Has the author stated a problem or issue? Is it clearly defined?
\u2022 Is the significance (scope, urgency, relevance) of the problem clearly

\u2022 Does the author evaluate the literature relevant to the problem or issue?
\u2022 Does the author include literature representing positions she or he does not

agree with?
\u2022 If the article or book is about a research study, is the study well designed and

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