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Literature Review


A literature review is a narrative description of the chosen research topic. It's a part of graduate and post-graduate student work, that they include in the preparation of their thesis/dissertation or a journal article. In a literature review section, you will find evidence /resources and substantive findings as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular topic. Most often the information stated under this section is from book reviews and academic/peer-reviewed articles.

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Conduct A Literature Review

A Guide to Conducting Reviews: How and Where to Search?

Develop a search strategy:

1- Brainstorm your research topic.

2- Develop subject headings.

3- Find keyword/ phrases for each concept of the research question.

4- Elaborate and precise your focal point.

Search tips:

1- Use some of the suggested open access databases to find more synonyms in dictionaries/thesaurus. (Art & Architecture Thesaurus (Research at the Getty) (Cook’s Thesaurus) or

2- Use boolean operators (and, Or,Not) while doing your research in our library.

3- Use the chat button to contact us in order to help you.


Aim: To give readers a comprehensive overview of the topic and to highlight significant areas of research.

characteristicsA literature review has a wide scope and follows a non-standardized methodology.

Structure: A literature review have multiple type

1- it may be chronological (topic development is going over time)

2- Methodological (compares the results)

3- Thematic (addresses different aspects of the topic)

4- Theoretical (discusses various theories, models and concepts). 


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