Functions of a Literature Review
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The functions of a literature review are to:
- provide the context for research
- acknowledge the work of others
- familiarise you with the disciplinary “conversation”
- inform and modify your own research
- identify an appropriate research question
- find evidence to establish the need for the proposed research
- establish your thesis in the chain of research in your field
- show an examiner you are familiar with important research in your area
- demonstrate to an examiner your critical understanding of theory.
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