The Importance Of The Literature Review

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If you are like the majority of the global population, the chances are you have either not heard about literature reviews or have not thought about literature reviews since graduating from college or university.  In fact, the only reason you may be reading this is because you have to write a literature review yourself and are wondering why this needs to be done.  What is the importance of a literature review?  Could you get away with not submitting it because, let’s face it, a successful review is no cup of tea to complete.  The fact of the matter is that dependent on the type of the submission you have to complete, chances are you will have to write a review and it will be difficult.  Is it important?  Yes, and below are the reasons why.


  1. Evidence Of ResearchThe first reason why a literature review is an important feature of any research-related assignment is an evidence of research.  It is all good and well to present a scholarly piece of writing suggesting a hypothesis, but evidence of relevant research indicates an interest in the field.  The structure and critical evaluation of the literature will also show evidence of your critical thinking skills, which is beneficial when completing university assignments.


  1. Justification Of ResearchA literature review in research papers will provide evidence of relevant prior studies completed in the field chosen.  By using the different peer-reviewed journal articles, it is possible to locate and present gaps in research justifying your research topic and question.  What is the point of researching a topic that has been studied continuously with persistent results?  Would it be worthwhile to spend money on another study into the effect of person-centered counseling on adolescents with depression?  Perhaps, but using the literature review you will be able to pinpoint the exact context and variables to change to ensure originality of your study, thus justifying the proposed research.


  1. Evidence Of LimitationsIn addition to the justification of the proposed topic, the literature review will help identify limitations that may be evident in your proposed study.  By analyzing the articles in the literature review, you will be able to identify and account for these limitations, as well as any ethical issues which have arisen.  It is important to learn from the studies presented in the literature review and use them to your advantage when presenting a proposed research study.


  1. Avoiding PlagiarismA review of relevant literature is important to reduce duplication of studies, but also as a means of reducing issues of plagiarism.  Plagiarism may not seem important when writing a short article, but it is a felony to plagiarize another individual’s work without the correct citation or permission of the author.


  1. Building Rapport With The ReaderWhile the introduction of the research proposal provides a brief summary of the content, it is the literature review that narrows the topic and focuses the idea behind the proposal.  A structured literature review with relevant material and concise evaluations will be a “yellow brick road” to the remaining content of the article.  However, an incoherent review with no structure will be confusing and disconcerting.  Obviously, the former option is desired to gain a better rapport with the reader and encourage the reading of the proposal.


Final Words On The Matter

Writing a long scholarly research-related article can seem tiresome and overwhelming upon first glance.  However, with some assistance and deconstruction of the sections, it is not as daunting as originally anticipated.  This article provides information on why the literature review should be completed and the importance of drafting a well-researched review.