About researching for your literature review
A literature review shows your awareness of existing research in your field.
Reviewing the literature helps you:
- Find out what is already known about a topic to locate gaps and justify the research being undertaken
- Locate the work of important theorists whose ideas will inform the research
- Identify useful methodologies, methods and documentary sources
Using this guide
Our guide is a learning module designed to help you:
- Understand the elements of the literature review process with regard to selecting appropriate resources and searching
- Apply advanced searching strategies as part of conducting your own literature review
- Document and manage the results of your searches
As searching strategies vary for different disciplines, we have divided the guide into two sections: health/medical and education/social science.
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