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A literature review is an essential component of every research project. Literature reviews ask: What do we know, or not know, about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?
How well you answer this question depends upon:
Literature reviews require “re-viewing” what credible scholars in the field have said, done, and found in order to help you:
A literature review is not a descriptive summary of what you found. All works included in the review must be read, evaluated, and analyzed, and synthesized, meaning that relationships between the works must also be discussed.