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What is a literature review?
A literature review summarizes and synthesizes published information on a particular subject.
How is it different from a research paper?
A research paper develops a new argument. A literature review summarizes and synthesizes arguments and ideas of others. A literature review may serve as a foundation/support for new insights in research papers.
What is the purpose of a literature review?
- Professional development: useful reports to keep up to date with a what is current in the field
- Scholarly development: formulate or clarify a research topic
- Research proposal: provide a background for a research topic by showing relationships among prior research and identifying gaps to show that your research is necessary to push the field further
- Research paper background: set the context and significance for your research paper (i.e. thesis)
*adapted from Oregon State University Libraries Lit Review Workshop
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