1. What is a literature review?
A literature review is critical summary of the current state of knowledge or an art in a specific field. 2. What is the purpose of a literature review?
- To provide the reader with new information and discussions of the research results and discovers in a specific topic. - The conflicting points of view that expressed by different authors in a topic, might be the indicators of diverging theories within the same topic. Thus, the aim of the literature review is to find these conflicting points of view. - The writer of the literature review has evaluates the quality of the research as opposed to merely listing documents by summarizing and discussing the relevant research carried out in the same topic. Also, he has to report the methods and the results in that topic, and will assess whether the methodology is appropriate and whether the results seem valid.
- Discussing the information published in related topics and research to the main topic to link it with it.
3. How is a literature review different than an annotated bibliography?
The annotated bibliography is a bibliography with an additional description, it purpose is to provide a brief summery for explanations of why each source is credible with information about the authors and how the sours are relevant to the topic or the research. On the other hand, literature review is critical summary of the current state of knowledge or an art in a specific field to provide the reader with new information and discussions of the research results and discovers in a specific topic. Also, to find the conflicting points of view, evaluates the quality of the research and to discuss information published in related fields.