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Why Do We Review Literature?


There are several reasons why you may conduct a literature review:

  • to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the topic
  • to identify potential areas for research
  • to identify similar work done within the area
  • identifying knowledge gaps that demand further investigation
  • to compare previous findings
  • to critique existing findings and suggest further studies.

Exercise
Think about the course work you've submitted this term - did it involve searching literature? If it did, where did you search for the information you wanted?
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