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What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is an essential component of every research project. It requires “re-viewing” what credible scholars in the field have said, done, and found in order to help you:

  • Identify what is currently known in your area of interest
  • Establish an empirical/ theoretical/ foundation for your research
  • Identify potential gaps in knowledge that you might fill
  • Develop viable research questions and hypotheses
  • Determine appropriate methodologies
  • Decide upon the scope of your research
  • Demonstrate the importance of your research to the field
A literature review is not a descriptive annotated bibliography. All works included in the review must be read, evaluated, and analyzed, and synthesized, meaning that relationships between the works must also be discussed.
 

Preparing a Literature Review in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Librarians Sergio Chaparro and Kelsey Cheshire from VCU Libraries present a webinar on creating a literature review in the behavioral and social sciences.

A link to the transcript is found here: https://guides.library.vcu.edu/ld.php...

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