- 1. Learning Objectives
- 2. What is a literature review?
- 3. Types of reviews
- 4. What is the purpose of a literature review?
- 5. Planning the Literature Review
- 6. How to find literature
- 7. Organising the Literature
- 8. How to write a literature review
- 9. Citation practices
- 10. Examples of literature reviews
- 11. Summary
- 12. Feedback Survey
4. What is the purpose of a literature review?
This depends on the role the literature review plays in the research.
For you as the writer, the literature review provides a map of the theory and research related to your chosen subject of study. It can help you:
- develop and refine a research question, methodology, and/or theoretical framework;
- identify gaps in existing research,
- provide a theoretical overview required to conduct your research,
- provide an interdisciplinary overview of the topic,
- be used to indicate your contribution to the field(s) of inquiry, and/or
- strengthen your knowledge and expertise in your area of study.
For the reader, the literature review can reveal your rationale for pursuing your line of inquiry. A published literature review can also provide the reader with an appraisal of the existing literature on a topic, provide background for their own research interests, and present related texts in conversation with each other.
- ResearchGate: What is the importance of literature review? [https://www.researchgate.net/post/What_is_the_importance_of_literature_review ]
- Write a Literature Review – Virginia Commonwealth University [http://guides.library.vcu.edu/lit-review ]
- What do you hope the outcome of your literature review is?
- Who do you envision reading it?