Finding resources is one of the first steps in the literature review writing process. Resources are publications of previously established information that are used to define or provide the historical context for concepts, theories, or phenomena. Resources can also be used to establish the prevalence of or potential for a problem, as well as establish what research has already been conducted on a particular topic or context. Credible resources, those that come from a primary and reputable source, help authors establish authority for the ideas that they are forwarding as well as form the basis on which they can develop new ideas. This entry details why resources are necessary and what makes a resource appropriate for inclusion in a literature review. This entry ...
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