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Literature Reviews

A literature review brings together a range of relevant works on a topic, and is intended to:

  • explore compelling questions, problems, concepts, or issues that you would like to address
  • discover relationships between ideas
  • connect your ideas to existing literature on your research topic(s) 
  • demonstrate your knowledge of a topic
  • demonstrate your ability to critique and synthesize various strands of the conversation(s) taking place around your topic
  • identify research gaps, areas for further consideration, and/or disagreements in the literature

The Assignment

For this assignment, you need to put together a literature review on a subject that has two opposing perspectives or different approaches.  You will need to find scholarly, empirical articles that discuss these different perspectives and/or approaches, as well as information sources that provide some background information for the two approaches you are critiquing.

Thus, you will be focusing on demonstrating your ability to critique and synthesize various strands of the conversation(s) taking place around your topic

Empirical articles are based on actual experiments or other research results, and are generally published in scholarly journals.

Search Tools to Start Finding Research Articles

Other Possible Databases to Search

You may also want to try these options for searching:

AMA Citation

Important:  Check the for the journal title abbreviation used in PubMed for your citations.

Actual example:

Lai S, Molfino A, Testorio M, Perrotta AM, Currado A, Pintus G, Pietrucci D, Unida V, LaRocca R, Biocca S. Effect of low-protein diet and inulin on microbiota and clinical parameters in patients with chronic kidney disease. Nutrients. 2019 Dec 9; 11(12):3006. doi:10.3390/nu11123006

Access to Articles

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