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Ed.D. Library Resources: Literature Review
Your guide to the most pertinent library resources for doctoral students
Purpose of a literature review: find a hole within the existing body of research where you might be able to create new knowledge.
Why the literature review is an important part of a research project:
frames what has and has not been done
creates a framework around the topic
suggests new questions or avenues
What a literature review is:
A literature review is
a synthesis of what the existing research says about your topic
an argument about where future research should go
What a literature review is not:
It is not . . .
Ø A hoop to jump through:
"Working with the literatures is not, as some doctoral [students] in desperate and cynical moments suggest, about showing their [committee] that a lot of books and articles have been read" (Kamler & Thomson, 2006, p. 28).
Ø A linear process:
Search → Read → Write → Done!
Ø A fast project:
Creating a literature review takes a lot of time and effort.