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Literature Review

My research area is about literature review.

1. The instructor ask me write about this topic (literature review) and make a summary of the main points in my own words and support that with some examples.

2. Also, it is important to reference quotes and give some examples (cited, examples, explanation).

3. I have to use many sources and provide clear explanation about this topic (literature review).

I need ideas and suggestions to get me started. Thank you.

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Let's take a closer look, at an outline and information to consider for each section, which will help get you started on your 500 word summary written in your own words.


I. Definition
II. Purpose
III. Evaluating Credibility
VI. Conclusion

Now, let's look at some information for each section.

I. Definition and purpose of a literature review

A literature review is an overview of the literature in a specific topic area. It is often used as part of a thesis project in order to familiarize the reader with the literature, to make them an expert in the area so upon completion, the person can step back and summarize the main themes in the literature that pertain to their problem area (Cooper, 1988). In other words, the value of the literature review is that it informs the researcher of what has already been studied in the topic area, as well as what still needs to be addressed. When writing up the review, the studies are selectively chosen in order to build a case for their study, which are grouped together in written format. Often written in either chronologically or thematically (Writing a Literature Review, 2009,

One comprehensive definition of a literature review is as follows:

"... a literature review uses as its database reports of primary or original scholarship, and does not report new primary scholarship itself. The primary reports used in the ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides ideas and information concerning writing a literature review and summary. References are provided.