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A Guide to Biology: Literature Reviews

What is a literature review?

Literature Review: “An evaluative report of information found in the literature related to your selected area of study. The review should describe, summarise, evaluate and clarify this literature. It should give a theoretical base for the research and help you (the author) determine the nature of your research. Works which are irrelevant should be discarded and those which are peripheral should be looked at critically. A literature review is more than the search for information, and goes beyond being a descriptive annotated bibliography. All works included in the review must be read, evaluated and analysed. Relationships between the literature must also be identified and articulated, in relation to your field of research.”

Source: CQ University, Australia.  Council of Science Editors Student Resources Guide

How do I do a literature review?

This guide from North Carolina A&T State University can help you understand the steps to take and factors to consider when writing a literature review.

http://libguides.library.ncat.edu/literaturereview

Samples of literature reviews

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