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Anth 455: Medical Anthropology

What is its purpose?

·         To survey the most significant research done on a topic and discover what has and has not been investigated. 

·         To provide guidance on a topic for those who don’t have time to do the research themselves but need an overview.

·         To bring the reader up-to-date on research and issues in the topic area. 

·         To show relationships between and among research conducted in the topic area. 

What is a Literature Review?

·         An examination of the significant works (books, scholarly articles, dissertations, and other works) published on a particular issue, area of research, or theory which provides a critical evaluation of each significant work.

·         Focuses on what is known about a specific topic and what methodologies, theses, and models have been applied to that research by other works.

·         Highlights areas of the research topic that appear to need additional research in order to reach a conclusion.

·         Provides background for the issue/topic and puts it into a chronological and/or historical perspective.

·         Clarifies areas where there is consensus (and not) within the prior research.

·         Indicates which information will be most useful to the current research (if the literature review is a part of a larger report).

Tips for a Literature Review

Systematic Review

Books - How to Write a Literature Review