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Organizing a Literature Review: Review Articles

What is a review article?

A review article is a secondary (not primary) report of research. Its goal is to synthesize the research of others into a summary of:

  • what is confirmed or still unknown
  • areas of controversy, where results differ in their conclusions
  • identified areas for further research

Review articles may serve as:

  • An overview of research in a field in one article
  • A guide to the best and highest impact articles on a topic
  • An identification of current research in a field

Review articles: examples

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