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The Literature Review in Science

The purpose of this guide is to explain the importance of the literature review in the sciences and some of the components that make up a quality guide.

Who writes literature reviews and why?

While literature reviews are occasionally written in the humanities, they are more commonly found in the sciences and social sciences.  They are written as a way to update the reader to the most current ideas and theories adopted or considered by their particular discipline.  They are written to prime the ideological pump of the reader and prepare them to consider the research question about to be proposed by the researcher.  

While literature reviews can be written as stand alone papers, they are usually written by researchers who are about to pose a research question as part of a proposed experiment.