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What is a literature review?
A literature review is a study – or, in other words, a survey – involving scholarly material with the aim to discuss published information about a topic or research question. Therefore, to write a literature review it is compulsory that you are a real expert in the object of study. The results and findings will be published and made available to the public, namely scientists working on the same area of research.
How to write a literature review?
First of all, don’t forget that writing a literature review is of great responsibility. It’s a document of which is expected high reliability concerning its sources and findings. You have to feel intellectually comfortable in the area of study and highly proficient in the target language, for misconceptions and errors do not have a place in such an acknowledged document type. Writing a literature review is one of those activities where it is good considering text editing services, such as the ones offered by Elsevier, in order to achieve the highest standards of text quality. Remember: you want to make your research memorable by its novelty and quality rather than language errors.
Writing a literature review requires expertise but also an organization. We cannot teach you about your topic of research, but we can leave a few steps to guide you through conducting a literature review:
- Choose your topic or research question:
It should not be too comprehensive or too limited, for you have to complete your task within a feasible time, however, you don’t want your research to originate incomplete outcomes.
- Set the scope:
Define boundaries concerning the number of sources, time frame to be covered, geographical area, etc..
- Decide which databases you will use for your searches:
In order to search the best viable sources for your literature review, use comprehensive databases to have a big picture of all the literature related to your topic.
- Search, search, and search more but keep track of all the sources.
Start by looking at research abstracts in detail in order to find out if their respective studies can relate or be useful for your own work. Then, search for bibliographies and references that can help you broaden your list of resources. Choose the most relevant literature and remember to keep notes of their bibliographic references to be used later on.
- Review all the literature, appraising carefully it’s content:
After reading the study’s abstract, pay attention to the rest of the content of those you moved into your shortlist of “most relevant”: identify methodologies, the most important questions they arise, if they are complete if they are cited enough, etc..
If it’s the first time you publish a literature review, note that it is important to follow a special structure: just like in a thesis, for example, it is expected to have an introduction – giving the general idea of the central topic and organizational pattern – a body – which contains the actual discussion of the sources – and finally the conclusions or recommendations – where you bring forward whatever you have drawn from the reviewed literature. The conclusion may even suggest there are no agreeable findings and the discussion should be continued.
Why are literature reviews important?
Literature reviews constantly feed new research that constantly feeds literature reviews and we could go on and on. The fact is, one acts like an impulsive force over another and that is what makes science, as a global discipline, develop and evolve. As a scientist, writing a literature review can be very career rewarding and put you aside from the expert elite in your field of interest. But it also can be an overwhelming task, so don’t hesitate in contacting Elsevier for text editing services, either for profound edition or just a last revision, we guarantee the very highest standards. Also, save time by letting us suggest and make the necessary amendments to your manuscript in order to fit the structural pattern of a literature review. Who knows, how many worldwide researchers you will impact with your next perfectly written literature review…
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