Research methods in criminal justice – literature review.

  

What is meant by literature review?

A literature review is a comprehensive summary of previous research on a topic. The literature review surveys scholarly articles, books, and other sources relevant to a particular area of research. The review should enumerate, describe, summarize, objectively evaluate and clarify this previous research.

How do you write a literature review?

Literature Review: Conducting & Writing

1. Choose a topic. Further refine your research question. 

2. Decide on the scope of your review. How many studies do you need to look at? 

3. Select the databases you will use to conduct your searches. 

4. Conduct your searches and find the literature. 

5. Review the literature!

6. Why do we do literature review?

Why do we do a literature review? 

Reviewing the literature lets you see what came before, and what did and didn’t work for other researchers. To demonstrate your understanding, and your ability to critically evaluate research in the field. To provide evidence that may be used to support your own findings.

How long is a literature review?

In the absence of specific instructions about the length of a literature review, a general rule of thumb is that it should be proportionate to the length of your entire paper. Since your paper is 25 pages long, 3-4 pages should suffice for the literature review.

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