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Literature Review

This guide will help you conduct and complete a literature review.

Welcome to the Literature Review CampusGuide!

Purpose of this Guide

This guide will assist you in conducting and writing a literature review. This guide will:

  • explain why we complete literature reviews
  • explain what a literature review is and what is included
  • show how to find sources at GCC Library for a literature review

Using This Guide

Use the tabs on the left side of the page to learn more about literature reviews. Each tab has talks about a different part of the literature review process. 

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Let Us Help Avoid These Common Mistakes

Using this guide can help you avoid common mistakes when completing a literature review:

  • Using sources that are not related to your research topic or question;
  • Taking sufficient time to define and identify the most relevant sources to use in the literature review related to the research problem;
  • Relies exclusively on secondary analytical sources rather than including relevant primary research studies or data;
  • Uncritically accepts another researcher's findings and interpretations as valid, rather than examining critically all aspects of the research design and analysis;
  • Does not describe the search procedures that were used in identifying the literature to review;
  • Only includes research that validates assumptions and does not consider contrary findings and alternative interpretations found in the literature.

From USC Literature Review Guide

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