Instead, organize the literature review into sections that present themes or identify trends, including relevant theory.
You are not trying to list all the material published, but to synthesize and evaluate it according to the guiding concept of your thesis or research question If you are writing an annotated bibliography, you may need to summarize each item briefly, but should still follow through themes and concepts and do some critical assessment of material.
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The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic. Components Similar to primary research, development of the literature review requires four stages: 3.
Definition and Use/Purpose A literature review may constitute an essential chapter of a thesis or dissertation, or may be a self-contained review of writings on a subject.
Do I find and discuss controversies in the literature?
Do I provide the reader with strong "umbrella" sentences at beginnings of paragraphs, "signposts throughout, and brief "so what" summary sentences at intermediate points in the review to aid in understanding comparisons and analyses?
the relationship between the central topic of the literature review and a larger area of study such as a discipline, profession and/or ongoing contemporary social problem?
(For example, can I draw lessons for public policy from my research problem whether nonviolent student movements are a factor in regime change?