Reviewing the literature
Sourcing the literature
In all research it is vital that you are aware of the work that has gone on before you in your field, and what is going on now. Literature searching and reviewing are the techniques that achieve this, and an important element of the process is the ability to be critical about what you read rather than accepting it at face value. A literature review or search can be divided into three parts;
- Sourcing the literature
- Evaluating the literature
- Synthesising the literature
The learning materials here are concerened with how you might go about deciding on the literature you will need to review, and particularly on how you might source that literature.
Authors: Dr Olivia Billingham, Dr Liz Falconer, University of the West of England. Dr Steve Gough, University of Bath