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Knowing what has Gone Before: Reviewing the Literature

Knowing what has Gone Before: Reviewing the Literature

This chapter focuses on how to conduct an effective literature review. It provides information on how to locate relevant literature, including assessing the strength of this literature, and how to summarise and critique it. Also outlined is how to present a report of the literature, incorporating how to synthesise and analyse information. Examples of how Amy and Lara approached their literature reviews are included so you can see how two novice researchers approached this task.

Key Chapter Questions are

  • What is the purpose of a literature review?
  • What does a literature review involve?
  • Where does a review of research methods fit?
  • How do I identify literature related to my topic?
  • How do I manage the material and when do I conclude a ...
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