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Literature Reviews

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Literature Reviews

For course papers, capstone papers, or as the introduction to your thesis or dissertation, you may need to write a literature review.  Follow the tabs above to find assistance with settling on a research question, selecting resources, using search strategies, evaluating resources, synthesizing ideas, citing resources, and assessing your literature review.  A resource list is also available.

Literature Review--An article or paper describing published research on a particular topic. The purpose of a literature review (sometimes called a review article) is to select the most important publications on the topic, sort them into categories, and comment on them to provide a quick overview of leading scholarship in that area. Published articles often include a literature review section to place their research in the context of other work in the field. From: (Bedford/St. Martins. (n.d.) Glossary of research terms. Retrieved from

Literature Reviews: On Overview (for undergraduates or graduates)

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Literature Reviews: An Overview (Other Tutorials)

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