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What is a Literature Review?


circle diagram of the literature review processA literature review summarizes and synthesizes the existing scholarly research on a particular topic. It is not an annotated bibliography or research paper. It is most often used when writing theses, dissertations, and capstone projects. It establishes what is already known about a topic by reviewing the scholarly work currently available (aka "the literature"). It may also identify a research question that "the literature" doesn't answer; pointing to a potential research opportunity. 

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