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Learn more about the literature review process with titles from Melbourne Polytechnic campus libraries
The Literature Review: What Is It?
The literature review:
- identifies and synthesises the literature on a specific subject
- critically evaluates research results, and the way in which the research was conducted
- can be part of the early stages of a research project, or is sometimes written as a stand-alone document
The Literature Review: What's In It For You?
Completing the literature review will help you to:
- identify a range of views surrounding your subject (for and against, past and present etc)
- become familiar with the works of influential authors in the subject
- understand conflicting viewpoints that surround the subject
- get to know major works written about the subject
- learn about the theories and concepts that underpin the subject
- examine the research that's already been done in the subject
- gather information about research techniques
The literature review should also give you ideas about:
- areas of the subject that have not yet been fully explored
- opportunities to undertake further research into the subject