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TEL 703/TEL 711: Literature Review

This guide supports TEL 703 Innovation in Teaching and Learning and TEL 711 Strategies for Inquiry

What is a Literature Review

"A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Occasionally you will be asked to write one as a separate assignment, ..., but more often it is part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. As a piece of writing, the literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis). It is not just a descriptive list of the material available, or a set of summaries."

--Written by Dena Taylor, Health Sciences Writing Centre, University of Toronto

 

Writing the Literature Review sites:

Writing the Literature ReciewSUNY/Empire State College 

Literature Reviews: UNC Chapel Hill

Write a Literature Review (UC Santa Cruz)

Online Tutorial (North Carolina State University Libraries)

The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting it (University of Toronto)

Literature Review Tutorial (CQ University-Australia)

Write a Review of Literature (UW-Madison's Writing Center)

Literature Review-A Self-guided Tutorial (IUPUI Library)

Doing your Undergraduate Project: The Literature Review (ASU Access only): Sage Research Methods

 

What are the goals of creating a Literature Review?

  • To develop a new theory
  • To evaluate a theory or theories
  • To survey what’s known about a topic
  • Identify a problem in a field of research 
  • Provide a historical overview of the development of a topic

Type of Literature Reviews:

  • Mature and/or established topic: Topic is well-known and the purpose of this type of review is to analyze and synthesize this accumulated body of research. 
  • Emerging Topic:The purpose of this type of review to identify understudy or new emerging research area.

Librarians

Downtown:
Alexandra Humphreys
602-496-1188
Alexandra.Humphreys@asu.edu

Tempe campus:
Linda DeFato
480-965-3082
Linda.DeFato@asu.edu

West campus:
Bee Gallegos
602-543-8509
Bee.Gallegos@asu.edu

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