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Academic Research: Literature Analysis

Academic Research
  Conducting Literature Analysis

A literature review is an analysis of published literature on relevant topics for a comprehensive summary of studied research through research description, analysis of main ideas, identification and discussion of gaps in the field, evaluation of research contribution to a studied topic, and to develop future research. 


"...breadth and depth, rigor and consistency, clarity and brevity, and effective analysis and synthesis."
                    Hart, C. 1998. Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science research imagination. London, UK: Sage Publications. 

Characteristics of literature analysis:

  • systematic and methodological analysis and synthesis of literature
  • foundation for the research topic
  • defined research methodology 
  • confirm, add new knowledge, and advance the science  


  Literature Analysis Steps



Graph by Dr. Tmanova 

Plan develop study concepts, theories, study design, research questions, hypothesis, and identify study methodology
Conduct design literature search, identify literature search resources, evaluate literature search resources, conduct the literature search; evaluate, analyze, and synthesize selected literature 
Verify selected literature and citation
Publish outline the literature analysis and synthesis, write an annotated literature review, write literature a review for study or study protocol

 Note: research integrity and ethical principles are applied in conducting a literature search, analysis, and synthesis of the literature. Consider reviewing the foundation and principles of scientific research: research integrity, intellectual property, and copyright. ​ 

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