Purpose of this Guide
The information in these pages will help you:
- find information on your general topic
- evaluate articles in appropriate sources
- refine your topic to a more focused or narrower aspect of the topic
- create a focused research question
- narrow your information choice to address the research question
- create your literature review
- properly format and cite your sources and your paper
- Contact reference librarians for research assistance.
What's a Literature Review?
a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic. http://guides.library.ucsc.edu/write-a-literature-review
A good literature review will be well focused on the specific research question. The sources used will be currrent, relevant, authoratative, accurate, and from an unbiased perspective.
Example Literature Reviews: Different Disciplines
For a social science example, look at The role of justice and social exchange relationships in workplace deviance: Test of a mediated model from Human Relations.
For a biology example: Assisted colonization: Integrating conservation strategies in the face of climate change.
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