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Points of View

To start your research look at several media sources for a sense of the various points of view on your topic:

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Please note: this course guide was created during a previous semester, and is no longer being actively maintained. For a list of current course guides, please see http://lib.berkeley.edu/alacarte/course-guides.

How to Do a Literature Review

Not to be confused with a book review, a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.

Similar to primary research, development of the literature review requires four stages:

Literature reviews should comprise the following elements:

In assessing each piece, consideration should be given to:

A literature review may constitute an essential chapter of a thesis or dissertation, or may be a self-contained review of writings on a subject. In either case, its purpose is to:

The literature review itself, however, does not present new primary scholarship.

[Thank you UC Santa Cruz Library for this text.]

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