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How to... carry out a literature review for a dissertation or research paper

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Writing a good literature review demands a lot of work. First comes the slog through the databases and the trawl through articles. After initial impressions are formed, there is the process of selection: what is relevant? And how can I sum up and synthesize?

The most important task of any review which relates to original research, is always to consider not only, "how does it relate to my research?", but also, "how does it create space for my research?". It is only by familiarizing oneself with the literature that one can discover the important questions which remain to be asked, and hence one's own contribution to the field.

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