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Research Guide for Preparing a Literature Review

Introduction

Not to be confused with a book review, a literature review:

  • Distills the existing literature in a subject field
  • Summarizes the state of the art
  • Identifies areas in which further research would be beneficial
  • Leads seamlessly to research proposals

Jennifer Rowley, and Frances Slack. (2004). "Conducting a Literature Review." Management Research News 27.6, 31-39. doi.org/10.1108/01409170410784185

Acknowledgements

Adapted with permission and thanks from Write a Literature Review, originally created by Kenneth Lyons, McHenry Library, University of California, Santa Cruz and How to Write a Literature Review at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Many thanks to Penny Pugh for her editorial comments and content suggestions.