What is a Literature Review The literature review refers to both the finished

What is a literature review the literature review

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What is a Literature Review?
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Literature Review as Product A literature review is a summary of what is currently known about some issue or field on the basis of research evidence , and/or of what lines of argument there are in relation to that issue or field. (Hammersley 2005, 577) 10
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Excerpt from introduction citing relevant past research 12
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Literature Review as Process (Ridley 2012, 99)
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Conducting Research Literature Reviews 1.Select a research question2.Select databases & other sources to search3.Choose search terms 4.Apply practical screening criteria5.Apply methodological screening criteria6.Do the review7.Synthesize the resultsEconLit; ??? (Fink 2005, 4) 14 Your Research Topic By Language; By Publication Type
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Synthesizing Your Sources What is synthesis? “To combine independent elements and form a cohesive whole”. As you write your literature review, you need to integrate your sources in order to: Identify patterns across the literature Discuss strengths and weaknesses Compare and contrast methods and approaches Evaluate and interpret what is known and what is missing 15 Source:
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Create a Literature Review / Synthesis Matrix This will help you keep track of the theories, hypotheses and findings. 16 Source:
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Searching the Economics Literature
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Select a Database Library Home Page ->Research >Databases - >By Subject -> Economics Econlit Note: depending on your topic, other Subjects may be relevant Try SuperSearch for interdisciplinary topics Consult the Economics Research Guide for more suggestions 18
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Construct a Search Strategy Describe your topic in keywords - think about synonyms If using EconLit: Is there a relevant Subject Descriptor or JEL Classification Code?
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