This is a guide aimed to help students with scientific literature reviews. It defines what a literature review is and provides guidance with research sources and writing.
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A literature review is a guide to the research available on a specific topic. It involves extensive research through all of the academic information available on that topic, as well as a critical discussion of the findings. At a minimum, a literature review should:
Literature reviews are aimed at other researchers, to provide a guide to the specific field. They are also a critical element of research proposals. By the end of a literature review, the reader should have a clear idea of: