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CS Research Methods Dr. Tamara Cher R. Mercado Literature Searches and Information Gathering (Literature Review)
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Introduction The "literature" of a literature review refers to any collection of materials on a topic, not necessarily the Great Literary Texts of the World. A “review” does not necessarily mean that your reader wants you to give your personal opinion on whether or not you liked these sources.
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What is a literature review? A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes information in a particular subject area within a certain time period. A literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis.
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What is a literature review? A literature review may: give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations; trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates; evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant.
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Why do we write literature reviews? Provide handy guide to a particular topic. Gives an overview or act as a stepping stone. Keeps professionals up to date with what is current in the field. Provide a solid background for a research paper's investigation.
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Preliminaries Find models Narrow your topic Consider whether your sources are current
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Strategies for Writing the Literature Review: 1. Find a focus A literature review, like a term paper, is usually organized around ideas. Consider what themes or issues connect your sources together. Do they present one or different solutions? Is there an aspect of the field that is missing? How well do they present the material and do they portray it according to an appropriate theory?
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Strategies for Writing the Literature Review: 2. Construct a working research statement statement will not necessarily argue for a position or an opinion; rather it will argue for a particular perspective on the material. Example: The current trend in treatment for congestive heart failure combines surgery and medicine. More and more cultural studies scholars are accepting popular media as a subject worthy of
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Strategies for Writing the Literature Review: 3. Consider organization Basic Categories Introduction: Gives a quick idea of the topic of the literature review, such as the central theme or organizational pattern. Body: Contains your discussion of sources and is organized either chronologically, thematically, or methodologically.
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course ECONOMICS 105 taught by Professor Ak during the Spring '11 term at Punjab Engineering College.

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