Literature reviews are an integral part of the process and communication of scientific research. Whilst systematic reviews have become regarded as the highest standard of evidence synthesis, many literature reviews fall short of these standards and may end up presenting biased or incorrect conclusions. In this post, Neal Haddaway highlights 8 common problems with literature review methods, provides examples for each and provides practical solutions for ways to mitigate them. However, there is a fundamental difference between brief, narrative approaches to summarising a selection of studies and attempting to reliably and comprehensively summarise an evidence base to support decision-making in policy and practice. Systematic review has become the highest standard of evidence synthesis and is well established in the pipeline from research to practice in the field of health.
Literature Reviews – The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As so many doctoral students working on their dissertations have discovered, writing the literature review chapter is a tedious process involving many steps and pitfalls. To help save you time and heartache, this article will show you the most common mistakes encountered when putting together your literature review. These common literature review errors are broken down into three general categories:. Using emotional phrases — Avoid using emotional phrases in your literature review section. Remember, you are writing a literature review for the purpose of presenting the existing currents of thought on your research topic. This means you are only relaying what already exists in the research world of your topic. Thus, there should be no subjectivity and, hence, no words of emotion.
What Is a Literature Review?
A review of the literature is rightfully considered the most difficult chapter of the paper. This is due to both objective difficulties in the need to search and critical processing of a large amount of literature, and to the fact that during its implementation, students learn to correctly formulate their thoughts. On the other hand, a literature review is often the first part of a paper a course work, diploma paper, or dissertation, etc. This makes its high-quality implementation extremely important. Writing a review of the literature is a rather difficult assignment.
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