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Organizing a Literature Review: Assessment

Assess your literature review

  • How good was my information seeking? Has my search been wide enough to ensure I've found all the relevant material? Has it been narrow enough to exclude irrelevant material? Is the number of sources I've used appropriate for the length of my paper?
  • Have I critically analysed the sources I cite?  Instead of just listing and summarizing items, do I assess them, discussing their strengths and weaknesses?
  • Have I cited and discussed studies contrary to my perspective?
  • Will the reader find my literature review relevant, appropriate, and useful?
  • Was I selective with my sources? Long lists of references to support my topic is an indicator I was not selective.
  • Have I considered the currency of the literature? Older studies may be valuable for adding support to the topic, but be sure and site sources from recent years. 

from The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It from the University of Toronto

Also, Literature Review Overview, from Indiana University, provides examples for assessing sources and writing your literature review. 

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