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Writing a Literature Review

Writing a Literature Review
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Author(s): Thulitha Wickrama (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA), Michael J. Merten (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA)and Nuwanthi Tharaka Perera (Girne American University, Cyprus)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 17
Source title: Social Research Methodology and Publishing Results: A Guide to Non-Native English Speakers
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Candauda Arachchige Saliya (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-6859-3.ch008


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A literature review is a summary of existing literature on topics of interest to the study. It provides proof of a gap in the literature that must be filled by the current study. Having a thorough literature review is the first step in planning a new research project. There are several critical reasons for writing a literature review. First, it is to identify the practical problem. Second, it is to identify the theoretical problem. The researcher should examine the literature about the problem area; both the theoretical literature and research literature. This helps to identify specific research purposes, questions, or testable hypotheses. Published research often makes specific suggestions for future research in the last section of their articles. This chapter on the literature review will provide a step-by-step method to write an effective literature review.

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