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Literature review by Mind Map: Literature review
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Literature review

What is a literature review?

support and synthesize ideas of others

handy guide to a particular topic

it differs from an annotated bibliography

focus on ideas not on books

3-data evaluation

information currency

4-analysis and interpretation


introduction, the nature of the topic under discussion, the parameters of the topic, the basis for your selection of the literature

body, cronological, thematical, methodological, classic texts, current mainstream versus alternative, definitions in use, current research and discoveries

conclusions, A summary of major agreements and disagreements, A summary of general conclusions


use evidence

be selective

use quote sparingly

summarize and synthesize

1-problem formulation

narrow your topics

Construct a working thesis statement

2-literature search

how many sources?

which types?

information currency

identification of key papers/books/sources