A literature review is a critical analysis of published texts, or literature, on a particular topic. The review should describe, summarise, evaluate, classify and compare this literature. A literature review gives an overview of:
Why is a literature review important?
A literature review:
What does a literature review demonstrate?
Your literature review should:
These background resources will assist students beginning their literature review:
SAGE Research Methods (SRM) allows researchers to explore methods and concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their literature review and research, and write up their findings. Since SRM focuses on methodology, it can be used across disciplines.
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