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What is the purpose or aim of the literature review?
A literature review is a concise summary of the research that has been done on a particular topic. The purpose of a literature review is to paint a picture of the field's collective knowledge and research on a specific topic while highlighting where further research may need to be conducted.
In general, when starting a literature review you will need to do the following:
identify key words, terms and phrases - concept/mind maps can help tease out themes and keywords
determine a timeframe
consider what type material you will include and why
identify where you will search for the information
Where to start a literature review
There are many different types of resources which might offer information on the topic you are researching, but you need to consider whether the source is scholarly or authoritative enough for a literature review. Typically literature reviews are conducted by using journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, websites or standards. See the Commonly used sources box to get an overview of the different resources types and how to find them at Charles Sturt University.
COMMONLY USED SOURCES
There are many different types of resources which might offer information on the topic you are researching, but you need to consider whether the source is scholarly or authoritative enough for research project:
Use this resource to:
Where to access this source:
Get an overview, introduction, and/or background on a topic
Get in-depth information about a broad topic
Find books on research methods and literature reviews.