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1 The Literature Review Reasons for Conducting a Literature Review Goals of a Literature Review Contents of a Literature Review Examples

2 Reasons for Conducting a Literature Review zto identify gaps in current knowledge zto avoid reinventing the wheel (at the very least this will save time and it can stop you from making the same mistakes as others) zto carry on from where others have already reached (reviewing the field allows you to build on the platform of existing knowledge and ideas)

3 Reasons for Conducting a Literature Review zto identify other people working in the same and related fields (a researcher network is a valuable resource) zto increase your breadth of knowledge of your subject area zto identify the seminal works in your area

4 Reasons for Conducting a Literature Review zto provide the intellectual context for your own work, enabling you zto position your project relative to other work zto identify opposing views zto put your own work in perspective zto demonstrate that you can access previous work in an area

5 Reasons for Conducting a Literature Review zto identify information and ideas that may be relevant to your project zto identify methods that could be relevant to your project

6 Goals of a Literature Review zTo demonstrate a familiarity with a body of knowledge and establish credibility. A review tells a reader that the researcher knows the research in an area and knows the major issues. A good review increases the reader's confidence in the researcher's professional competence, ability, and background.

7 Goals of a Literature Review zTo show the path of prior research and how a current project is linked to it. A review outlines the direction of research on a question and shows the development of knowledge. A good review places a research project in a context and demonstrates its relevance by making connections to a body of knowledge.

8 Goals of a Literature Review zTo integrate and summarize what is known in an area. A review pulls together and synthesizes different results. A good review points out areas where prior studies agree, where they disagree, and where major questions remain. It collects what is known up to a point in time and indicates the direction for future research.

9 Goals of a Literature Review zTo learn from others and stimulate new ideas. A review tells what others have found so that a researcher can benefit from the efforts of others. A good review identifies blind alleys and suggests hypotheses for replication. It divulges procedures, techniques, and research designs worth copying so that a researcher can better focus hypotheses and gain new insights.

10 Contents of a Literature Review A literature review may be:- a single entity - an end in itself (essay) a preface to and rationale for engaging in research (thesis chapter)

11 Contents of a Literature Review zit is not a descriptive list of the information gathered zit is not a summary of one piece of literature after another zthe review must be defined by a guiding concept (eg. essay question, research objective, etc.) Some points to remember as the writer of a literature review:-

12 Contents of a Literature Review zyour purpose is to convey to the reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic - what are the strengths and weaknesses zorganise the information gathered into sections that present themes.

13 Contents of a Literature Review zdo not attempt to list all published material, but rather synthesise and evaluate the literature according to your guiding concept

14 Contents of a Literature Review A literature review should contain; an introduction, a middle (body) and conclusion.

15 Contents of a Literature Review zdefine the topic, providing an appropriate context for reviewing the literature zestablish writer's reasons (point of view) for reviewing the literature zexplain the organisation of the review (sequence) state what literature is and is not included (scope) In the Introduction

16 Contents of a Literature Review zgroup the literature according to common themes zprovide insight into relationship between central topic and a larger area (i.e.. discipline) zproceed from the general, wider view of the research under review to the specific problem In the Body

17 Contents of a Literature Review zsummarise major contributions of the literature zevaluate the current "state of the art" literature reviewed zpoint out major flaws, or gaps in research zoutline issues pertinent to future study In the Conclusion


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