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IEE 594: Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar

Introduction to the ASU Library and literature searching.

What is a literature review and why is it important?

A literature review summaries the knowledge of a particular area or field of study.   A literature review may stand alone as an individual document in which the subject is analyzed for trends, controversial issues, and what still needs to be study; these "review articles" are valuable time-savers for professionals and researchers who need a quick introduction or analysis in that subject area.  

Examples of review articles: 

Literature reviews are also part of dissertations/theses, research reports and scholarly journal articles; these types of documentation include a literature review in a chapter/section that discusses what hs gone bfore and how that supports the issue under current study.  Without a thoroguh literature review the academic may be repeating research that has already been discovered and the professional may be lising time and money to recreate from scrathch what is already available. 

Expamples of items that contain a literature review as a part of the document: 

The research databases and searching techniques are the same for both types of literature reviews; however, how they are written and their purposes are different.  


Continue on to the next section "The Process"

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