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PLAN 625: eResearch Guide: Literature reviews

About literature reviews

To write a literature review is to create a bibliography of relevent references on your topic from a myriad of resources. It will help you clarify your research question. Identifing  key concepts (keywords) within your research question will help focus and fix on the material significant to your work.

The literature review supports:

  • an understanding of the context
  • a knowledge of the background 
  • the development of insights

A critical anlysis of research that supports and/or refutes your topic will help refine your perspective.