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CTVA 301: Design of the Media Message

The role of the literature review

Literature reviews often appear in scholarly articles to fulfill any number of objectives, which can include the following:

  • To introduce to the reader to the genesis or historical trajectory of the author's research topic.
  • To place the author's research within the context of other research in the field.
  • To build a foundation for making scholarly arguments through synthesizing previous literature on the topic.
  • To illustrate gaps in research within the field.

For creating literature reviews, see our literature review guide.


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