Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Literature Review

A literature review is a reflection of the learning process that the researcher experienced. As Anderson (2003) discusses in Chapter 4 "The Literature Review Process in e-Research" the literature review generally appears near the beginning of the paper but it is constantly in need of revision. Initially as the researcher begins to create the literature review it will appear as reflection upon the articles that the researcher has read. After the researcher has narrowed down their research question, the literature review will need to be revised. So that the literature review flows smoothly, it must reflect a constant theme. It should consist of the theory that guides the research and helps to frame the research question.
As the researcher is looking for a topic, the more articles that can read, the better. As the researcher starts to realize what their topic will be, then articles that are pertinent and specifically address their topic need to be found. After the research for the project is completed, then the researcher must revise the literature review so that it flows smoothly. Even though the learning process is haphazard, the researcher must present a neat project so that others can understand and learn from the efforts that they made. Even though the researcher is constantly rethinking things, the literature review must be a clear thought that can be easily shared.

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