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EDUC BC3044 Education and Social Change in Comparative Global Contexts

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Gina Levitan, History and Humanities Librarian

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Gina Levitan
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Writing and research methods

Literature Reviews & Annotated Bibliographies

Why conduct a literature review?

  • One of the first steps in a research project and it forms the ‘foundation for the research proper.’ Conducting a literature review allows the researcher to assess the ‘current state of play’, in other words, what is already known.
  •  Useful in identifying research methods that have been employed to answer particular research questions.
  • Can also be a way of summarizing research in a specific area

Planning a literature review

diagram on planning a literature review

Information and image from Bowers-Brown, T. & Stevens, A. (2010). Literature reviews. In Practical research and evaluation : A start-to-finish guide for practitioners (pp. 76-94). SAGE Publications Ltd,


How to cite your sources