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Literature Review: Purpose of a Literature Review

Learning to Write a Systematic Review of Literature

Purpose

The purpose of a literature review is to:

  • Provide foundation of knowledge on topic
  • Identify areas of prior scholarship to prevent duplication and give credit to other researchers
  • Identify inconstancies: gaps in research, conflicts in previous studies, open questions left from other research
  • Identify need for additional research (justifying your research)
  • Identify the relationship of works in context of its contribution to the topic and to other works
  • Place your own research within the context of existing literature making a case for why further study is needed.

Videos & Tutorials

VIDEO: What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to "review" the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process. This video is published under a Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA US license. License, credits, and contact information can be found here: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/litreview/

Selective by LKaras Work

Elements in a Literature Review