Literature Reviews. Situating your research. Purpose and Theory. Purpose. The purpose of the Literature Review is to outline what has come before and what still remains to be done. What is known about the subject? Where are the gaps in the knowledge of the subject?
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Situating your research
The purpose of the Literature Review is to outline what has come before and what still remains to be done.
Martin Ritchie’s “Proper Use of Literature Reviews” discuses these hallmarks of source use in a good introduction:
You might begin by answering these questions:
Once you have some or all of the questions answered, you need to start position the parts. Remember, you will read, takes notes on, and consider far more sources than will end up appearing in your final project.
(many of you have already done this in your research plans)