A literature review requires the writer to perform extensive research on published work in one’s field in order to explain how one’s own work fits into the larger conversation regarding a particular topic. This task requires the writer to spend time reading, managing, and conveying information; the complexity of literature reviews can make this section one of the most challenging parts of writing about one’s research. This handout will provide some strategies for revising literature reviews.
Every time you conduct research, you will need to make it clear where you got your evidence from. This work of citing our sources is absolutely essential for a couple of reasons.
It demonstrates to the readers of our own research that we have evidence to back up our claims.
A complete and correct citation directs readers to the original source for them to verify our claims and learn more.
It gives credit to the researchers whose intellectual work helped form our own research.