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A literature review surveys scholarly articles, books, dissertations, conference proceedings and other resources which are relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory and provides context for a dissertation by identifying past research. Research tells a story and the existing literature helps us identify where we are in the story currently. It is up to those writing a dissertation to continue that story with new research and new perspectives but they must first be familiar with the story before they can move forward.
Greenfield, T. (2002). Research methods for postgraduates. 2nd ed. London: Arnold.
Ye Li and Sue Wortman co-authored this guide along with Lori Tschirhart.
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