Literature review format

Critical Evaluation of the Literature

Have you organised your material according to issues?
Is there a logic to the way you organised the material?
Does the amount of detail included on an issue relate to its importance?
Have you been sufficiently critical of design and methodological issues?
Have you indicated when results were conflicting or inconclusive and discussed possible reasons?
Have you indicated the relevance of each reference to your research?

1.     Open web sources (somebody's home page, as opposed to peer-reviewed online journals or licensed database sites that provide access to scholarly works) are not usually considered reliable sources for academic research and should be used sparingly, if at all, and only after careful research into the sponsors of a site. In other words, don't use generally available internet search engines for your literature review.
2.     Place each work in the context of its contribution to the understanding of the subject under review
3.     Describe the relationship of each work to the others under consideration
4.     Identify new ways to interpret, and shed light on, any gaps in previous research
5.     Resolve conflicts among seemingly contradictory previous studies
6.    Identify areas of prior scholarship to prevent duplication of effort
7.    Point the way forward for further research
8.     Place one's original work (in the case of theses or dissertations) in the context of existing literature--remember, however, that a literature review does not present new primary scholarship.
9.     Always use WhiteSmoke English grammar software to check your grammar.

Literature review format

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