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24 NOVEMBER 2011

Writing a Literature Review

"A literature review is a survey and discussion of the literature in a given area of study. It is a concise overview of what has been studied, argued, and established about a topic, and it is usually organized chronologically or thematically. A literature review is written in essay format. It is not an annotated bibliography, because it groups related works together and discusses trends and developments rather than focusing on one item at a time. It is not a summary; rather, it evaluates previous and current research in regard to how relevant and/or useful it is and how it relates to your own research."

(Saint Mary's University)


academic writingannotated bibliography • area of study • chronologically • concise overview • current research • discussion of the literature • essay format • evaluation • grouped related developments • grouped related worksliterature reviewprevious researchresearch paperresearch topic • Saint Marys University • survey of literature • thematicallytopictrends • your own research


Simon Perkins

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