literature review introductions
- Is a critical, in-depth evaluation of research already undertaken on a specific topic.
- Allows you to demonstrate your ability to identify relevant information and to outline existing knowledge.
- Identifies the gap in the research that your work will address and produce a rationale for your own research.
- Is not a list of all previous research, but rather an assessment of the research.
A Literature review:
- Give background information (in a condensed manner) on the issue and why it is important to address the problem . Remember that you should have already given a more detailed explanation in the introduction of the paper.
- You should explain how the other researchers approached the problem, and compare the approaches and results of various authors. In addition, explain how their work relates to yours. Compare and contrast is a good means of writing this section.