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The literature review is defined by a guiding concept - your thesis or research question! It is not simply a list of summaries or the literature in your field. It serves several purposes:
One of the best ways to get started with your literature review is to read other literature reviews from a completed thesis or dissertation written by someone from your department.
1. Find an OSU thesis or dissertation using ScholarsArchive@OSU
2. Analyze the literature review you have selected.
Each department has its own unique expectations for the literature review. Make sure you're on the right track by doing some background work.
In a thesis or dissertation only
In a journal article
In a grant proposal
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