Chapter 14: Synthesizing What We Already Know: Literature Reviews
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.
- 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?
- 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?
- What is the extent, scope, and significance of the existing literature as it deals with your question or problem?
- What outlets might be interested in publishing your literature review?