What is meant by literature review ? What is the purpose of doing a literature review ?My question is related to the subject of Research Methodology.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When you are doing a major project like a thesis or a dissertation, you are always expected to do a literature review.  This is often the first big section or chapter of your work after the introduction.

In a literature review, you are expected to find all major books and articles that have touched upon the subject that you are going to study.  You must then synthesize them and give an overview about the state of the discipline.  In other words, you have to be able to say what is known about the question that you intend to ask.

The purpose of doing this is to make sure that A) you know what others have said and will be able to respond to them and B) that you are doing something original -- not just repeating what is already known.

dastice eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area.  It can be just a simple summary of sources, but it generally both summarizes and synthesizes available information.   In some situations the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most relevant.

Literature reviews provide a solid background for research.  They demonstrate that the author has a comprehensive knowledge of the literature of the field, and can serve as a useful guide to others.

vonn | Student

A Literature Review in a thesis or any investigative researches will:

1. strengthen the idea that you wanted to convey.

2. It acts as a stepping stone to widen your ideas.

3. It will point out more ideas from previous studies done.

4.It also promotes authenticity on your research.

5. It provides interpretation in different manner that will support your own opinions or ideas.

6. It also discuss and detects other points for consideration in different manner you wanted.

7. As a writer or researcher, it shows how credible you are and your research

8. It will solidify your study through up-to-date informations


lilywreck | Student

A literary review is basically research about the novel or subject you are focused on for the paper. Typically you will review the theme or message of the piece and then incorporate at least three sources to validate your review.

The review should have three sections as the first will be the introduction of your topic where you discuss the importance of the topic and explain or define any terms necessary for explanation.

The second section is where you will have a summary of the sources and be sure to include the source information with the MLA standard to citing information. Some teachers/professors may prefer APA standard. Be mindful to ask what is expected.

The third section simply bring closure to the topic perhaps introducing the questions that may develop from the summaries of the articles/sources used to complement your topic.

ijagessar | Student

a literature review can be a simple summary of information , but has an organised format . the literature review may evalate the sources and advises the relevant details .

its purpose is to see what was investigated , to develop general observation .

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