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The aim of this guide is to help you with useful tips on how to write a literature review and provide you with information on things you should and should not do.
Remember, always ask your professor about format related issues!
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What is a Literature Review?
A literature review provides your reader with an account of what has been published on a specific topic or subject by experts, scholars and researchers in the field/discipline. You might be asked to write a literature review as a separate assignment, but in most cases it functions as a part of the introduction to an essay, research report or thesis.
When writing a literature review, your aim is to inform the reader about what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic or subject and what their strengths and weaknesses are. The literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis).
Remember! It is NOT just a descriptive list of the resources available, or a set of summaries.