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Literature Review


Rhetorical Functions

  • Illustrates importance and need for project
  • Justifies methodical (methodological?) choices
  • Demonstrates familiarity with subject


  • Flesh out background of study
  • Critical assessment of area of study
  • Establish need for current and future research projects


  • Categorise literature into topic clusters
    • Find relevant positions regarding project
    • Build on conclusions leading to project
    • Demonstrate where literature is lacking
  • Literature Review shows ability to listen to scholarly conversation on topic and that one can make valuable contribution
  • Should be able to answer:
    • Why study further
    • What contribution study will make
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