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Definition & Purpose

A literature review is...

  • a summary and evaluation of the significant research published on a topic
  • organized in a way that shows the relationship between research studies, as well as the way each has contributed to an understanding of the topic
  • a secondary source because it is an overview of existing research on the topic

The purpose of a literature review is to...

  • familiarize the reader with relevant literature and research in an area of study
  • demonstrate relationships among the prior research
  • inform the reader what has already been discovered to avoid duplication
  • identify gaps and discrepancies in the literature

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