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Literature Review Demystified   Tags: learn, savvy_researcher  

This guide provides an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis, or dissertation, and demonstrate some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using the U of I Library.
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Introduction

This guide provides an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis, or dissertation, and demonstrate some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using the U of I Library.

Because different types of literature reviews are used in different disciplines, we also cover finding literature reviews in your research area.

 

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a systematic survey of the scholarly literature published on a given topic.  Rather than providing a new research insight, a literature review lays the groundwork for an in-depth research project analyzing previous research. Type of documents surveyed will vary depending on the field, but can include:

  • books
  • journal articles,
  • theses
  • dissertations.

A thorough literature review will also require surveying what librarians call "gray literature," which includes difficult-to-locate documents such as:

  • technical reports
  • government publications
  • working papers
  • preprints.



 

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