The literature review

The literature review

  • Give a summary of the content of the literature covered by the author
  • Have the authors given a comprehensive review of previous research looking at the topic from all perspectives?
  • Have they shown why this literature cannot answer their problems?
  • Is the literature up to date? Older literature related to policy is acceptable.
  • Have a range of sources been used by the authors?
When was the research published?
  • The age of the research may affect the validity of the findings. This may be especially true of areas such as health and life sciences or engineering and the built environment.
Where was the research carried out?
  • The location may affect the outcomes of the research. Health research carried out in the USA may refer to different funding or community care models. Research outcomes on sustainable building issues may vary according to the country where the housing is to be built.

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SMILE - How to assess a research article by GCU School of Health and Life Sciences modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.