Chapter 14: Synthesizing What We Already Know: Literature Reviews

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Chapter 14 describes how literature reviews draw on scholarship to synthesize what is known to reveal what else we can learn. It presents a flexible guide to the organization and composition of a literature review along with a discussion of the benefits and complexities of writing in this genre.

Discussion Questions

  1. What topics will be of interest and significance to others as well as fascinating to you—enough for you to consider writing a standalone literature review?
  2. Which of the Guiding Questions do you think you need to address to write your literature review? What other questions are important for you to tackle?
  3. What is the extent, scope, and significance of the existing literature as it deals with your question or problem?
  4. What outlets might be interested in publishing your literature review?

Related Book Resources

Guiding Questions for Planning, Revising, and Refining a Literature Review: [PDF] [DOCX]