"Lit Review 101"
A literature review asks: What do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?
How well you answer this question depends upon:
- the effectiveness of your search for information
- the quality & reliability of the sources you choose
- your ability to synthesize the sources you select
Begin with a Synthesis Matrix
As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way.
A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.
Examples of Matrix Summaries
These examples will be helpful to upper-level students in social & behavioral sciences .
Humanities Research Librarian
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