Literature review

The role of the literature review in theses is to provide a critical review and analysis of the literature relevant to your particular topic. The purpose of a literature review can be to:

  • summarise and evaluate past research
  • show similarities and differences in previous research
  • give an overview of controversies in past research
  • place one's own research into context
  • show a gap in research
  • justify your own research
  • generate new research hypotheses  

Find out more about Literature Reviews (PDF file).