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Aug 23, 2013 by Dr Sally
In this blog, you will learn how to organize and review the relevant literature written on your topic.
As you learned in the last blog, a literature review performs two functions for your readers:
The review of literature is not a place where you merely summarize literature on your topic. Simply describing or cataloguing the literature you have read on your topic is not enough. Your readers expect you to understand the issues surrounding your topic and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate these issues for them.
This level of writing requires that you address the major issues and controversies (you cannot ignore these issues nor write around them) and analyze and interpret the issues surrounding your topic.
In other words, to write an effective literature for your readers you need to
To organize your research, you need to dig deeply into the literature to identify the ideas related to your topic. The issues can be viewed as a set of categories, concepts, or themes that you will use to review the essential, current, and relevant research on your topic.
To help you evaluate the prior research, consider the following for each source essential and relevant to your argument:
In the next blog, you will learn more about how to analyze and synthesize the prior research by using a tool to help you visualize the ideas related to your topic.
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