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Purpose of this Guide
The information in these pages will help you:
- conduct your literature review
- find and evaluate articles in scholarly journals
- 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
- p. 1687-1688 contain the abstract, and the introductory literature review.
- p. 1689-1695 continues the literature review, tying previous research to the author's studeny design, theory and hypotheses.
- note that the last 7 pages of the article contain the full reference list.
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.