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What is a Literature Review?

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A literature review, something that I have heard about, but never had to do, is not nearly as terrifying as it seemed when I began researching it. A literature review is neither a book review, nor an annotated bibliography (though it does contain some similar aspects to the latter). A literature review should do more than an annotated bibliography; this simple definition found itself in more than one resource I read, but it does come across as a palatable way to think about literature reviews as I tried to grasp the ideas behind them.

A literature review deals with scholarly works about a certain topic. Within this video, made by NCSU Libraries, the works that will be used in a literature review are broken down to the major works about the topic as well as other works responding to those works or the topic. An easy way for me…

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