The process of conducting and reporting your literature review can help you clarify your own thoughts about your study.
It can also establish a framework within which to present and analyse the findings.
After reading your literature review, it should be clear to the reader that you have up-to-date awareness of the relevant work of others, and that the research question you are asking is relevant. Be wary of saying that your research will solve a problem, or that it will change practice.
It would be safer and probably more realistic to say that your research will ‘address a gap’, rather than that it will ‘fill a gap’.
As you read, you'll encounter various ideas, disagreements, methods, and perspectives which can be hard to organize in a meaningful way.
A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.
VCU's Writing Center consultants can help you plan, develop, and organize your literature review and a follow-up appointment will help you edit, proofread, and revise it.
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Usually you will have the option of grouping items into sections—this helps you indicate comparisons and relationships.
Introduction Not to be confused with a book review, a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g.