Literature reviews

Literature reviews

Literature reviewsA literature review can also be known as a literature survey. It can be either a key component of a larger paper such as a report or dissertation, or you may be asked to write one for its own sake.

A literature review describes the existing and established theory and research in your report area. You are providing a context for your work.

A literature review can also show where you are filling a perceived gap in the existing theory or knowledge, or you are proposing something that goes against existing ideas.

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Example of a full dissertation (link opens in Solent Electronic Archive; log in details needed)
Literature review example (PDF opens in new window)