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Writing your literature review

Writing your literature review takes time. You may need to complete several drafts before your final copy. It is important to have a good introduction that clearly tells the reader what the literature will be about.

An introduction must tell the reader the following:

  • what you are going to cover in the review
  • the scope of your research
  • how the review ties in with your own research topic.


This is a good example of an introduction because it has a topic sentence which indicates what will be covered and also tells the reader the specific focus of the literature review in the concluding sentence.

Sample introduction

Lecturer's comments

Notice how the student has clearly said WHAT she will cover in this review. This is particularly important in a large topic area.





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