Students taking psychology courses write different types of psychology literature reviews. I knew that concentrating on the article in my crowded, noisy laboratory would be impossible, but it also was essential to spend some time there each week consulting with my labmates on my literature research, keeping up with lab business and gossip, and retrieving my ergonomic pipettes from other peoples’ benches around the lab (they always seemed to get kidnapped as soon as I posted a working from home” status update on Facebook ).
In research the literature reviews are used as lenses through which the research can be focused in a certain direction after repetitively using the literature to imply that there is a common theme, idea, concept or problem that they all seem to highlight.
If you can find a few really useful sources, it can be a good idea to check through their reference lists to see the range of sources that they referred to. This can be particularly useful if you find a review article that evaluates other literature in the field.
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Historical literature reviews focus on examining research throughout a period of time, often starting with the first time an issue, concept, theory, phenomena emerged in the literature, then tracing its evolution within the scholarship of a discipline.
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Literature reviews dwell on the identifying, and reporting the authors, their publication, their specific area of study, the methods and methodology they used, their research findings, and the various implications; personal comments should be avoided here at all costs.
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I am not going to use my own research for this example but will create an outline literature review using information about something I have NOT researched, so if your research is in this area and I get things wrong – please forgive me – and use my mistakes to improve your own literature review.
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Not to be confused with a book review, a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e. g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work.