When writing a literature review, you are putting all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together to present to your readers. You are identifying if there are missing puzzle pieces and how your piece will help fill the gap.
A literature review is designed to summarize, synthesize, and discuss the current state of knowledge about a topic. You will survey books, articles, and other sources of information pertinent to your research topic in an effort to critically analyze and synthesize prior research and how it will inform your current research question.
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2:11 Description of a literature review
9:32 Overview of literature reviews for graduate students
There are numerous reasons for completing and writing a literature review, these include: